Lives of the fellows

Philip Marsden

b.17 May 1941 d.November 2006
BSc Lond(1962) MB BS(1965) MRCP UK(1968) MD(1976) FRCP(1982)

Philip Marsden was a consultant physician at Greenwich District Hospital, London, specialising in diabetes and endocrinology. He was born in Stockport, the son of Harry Marsden, and educated at William Hulme’s Grammar School in Manchester. He trained at King’s College Hospital Medical School, qualifying MB BS in 1965 with a BSc in physiology with first class honours.

After house appointments at King’s College Hospital, Hammersmith, the Brompton and National hospitals, he became a medical registrar and then a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital. In 1977 he was appointed as a consultant physician to Greenwich District Hospital and also as a senior lecturer in medicine at King’s College Hospital Medical School.

He visited the New York University Medical Center in 1972 under the supervision of C S Hollander and, as a result, was able to set up a radioimmunoassay for serum triiodothyronine at King’s College Hospital. He authored a number of papers on various aspects of endocrinology including, in 1975, a work demonstrating the superiority of serum triiodothyronine in assessing hyperthyroidism, published in Clinical Endocrinology (‘Serum triiodothyronine concentration in the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism.’ Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 1975 Mar;4[2]:183-9). In 1976 he published an MD thesis entitled ‘The comparative roles of total serum triiodothyronine concentration and total serum thyroxine concentration in the evaluation of thyroid function in man’.

At Greenwich he made a substantial contribution to the development of diabetes services with an emphasis on the involvement of general practitioners, as well as being a highly effective and valued general physician. He was widely respected by patients and colleagues. Philip also became very interested in the learning process and in medical education, and contributed to the literature.

In 1966 he married Anne Vernon, with whom he had a son and a daughter. His later years were clouded by the mental and physical effects of Parkinson’s disease.

Charles Gibbs
David Robson

(Volume XII, page web)

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