b.5 June 1862 d.29 September 1942
CBE MD Lond FRCS(1887) FRCP(1901)
Walter Carr was born in London, the only child of John Carr, J.P, a chemist. He was educated at University College School and University College, London. After qualifying in 1884 and graduating with first-class honours in medicine, surgery and midwifery in 1885, he filled junior appointments at University College Hospital and the Brompton Hospital and became an F.R.C.S. in 1887. Two years later he received his first honorary appointment at the Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea, which he continued to serve actively till 1920, and in 1893 he joined the staff of the Royal Free Hospital, from which he retired eventually as consulting physician. He also lectured on medicine in the women’s medical school associated with the Hospital. In 1902 he was a joint author of The Practitioner's Guide, but writer’s cramp restricted his literary output in later years. He examined for Birmingham University, the Society of Apothecaries and the Conjoint Board, and held office as Censor to the Royal College of Physicians. In 1920 he was elected president of the Medical Society of London. A consultant interested in all branches of medicine, Carr was in manner fearless, outspoken, and at times cynical. He was a strong opponent of the idea of a State medical service, declaring that he would rather see England free than healthy. Walking and travelling were chief among his recreations. He was chosen as master of the Haberdashers’ Company in 1929. He married in 1895 Jessie, daughter of Walter Griffith of Streatham Hill, and had a son and three daughters. He died at Hampstead.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1942; B.M.J., 1942]
(Volume IV, page 427)
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