Lives of the fellows

Harry Campbell

b.1860-1 d.8 July 1938
MB BS Lond(1881) MD MRCS FRCP(1896)

Harry Campbell was born at Margaretting, the sixth son of Dr. Hugh Campbell, who practised as a consulting physician in London, and his wife Henrietta, daughter of Capt. Samuel Johnston of Dublin. He was educated at Carshalton House and Neuwied-am-Rhein, where he learned to speak German fluently. At St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, he captained the victorious rugby team of 1880-81 and qualified in 1881. His house appointments were at the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorfields, and the Hospital for Sick Children. His principal connections, however, were with the North-West London Hospital, on whose staff he served from 1886 to 1909, and with the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, where he was physician from 1896 to 1924. His earlier writings dealt with a wide variety of medical subjects, but he earned his reputation as an author mainly by two later works on more general themes, Man's Mental Evolution, Past and Future (1923) and Fundamental Principles in Treatment (1924). For the last fifteen years of his active career, from 1918 to 1933, he was an enlightened and stimulating editor of the Medical Press and Circular. Campbell, by his erudition, breadth of outlook and literary gifts, was more suited to an academic life than to the busy world of competitive medicine, in which his lack of assertiveness and his altruism handicapped him severely. He married Nora, daughter of Edward Lacy. He died in Norwood.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1938; B.M.J., 1938]

(Volume IV, page 385)

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