Lives of the fellows

Robert Henry Cole

b.13 November 1866 d.10 August 1926
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1917)

R. H. Cole, the eldest son of R. C. Cole of Ealing, was a clerk in the India Office before he took up medicine. He studied at St. Mary’s Hospital, and, qualifying in 1889, obtained junior posts there and at the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic, and became physician to the St. George’s and St. James’s Dispensary for a short time. The main appointment of his early career was at the Moorcroft Mental Hospital, where he was resident physician from 1891 till 1907. He then started consulting practice and was made, first, lecturer on mental diseases, and then physician for mental diseases, at St. Mary’s. He also lectured at the Postgraduate College and Bethlem Royal Hospital and examined on psychological medicine for London University. He wrote a textbook, Mental Diseases (1913), of which a third edition appeared in 1924. Cole also did useful work on legislation concerning insanity for the Medico-Psychological Association. He married in 1907 the widow of Dr. Arthur T. White, by whom he had a son and a daughter. He died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1926; B.M.J., 1926]

(Volume IV, page 551)

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