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To Be A Neurosurgeon
Born, schooled and trained in Edinburgh, he graduated from Edinburgh from the renowned medical school in 1944; then served in the RAMC from 1945-1948. His memoir extends from those early days, to his time as a consultant neurosurgeon in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Edinburgh, Senior Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the University of Edinburgh. His great mentor was Professor Norman Dott. After “retiral” (the NHS and Edinburgh University), he continued his private clinical work for a further 5 years.
His qualifications (FRCSE, FRCPE, and FRCP and S (Glas) attest the breadth of his training and interests.
The author is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He is an Honorary member of several medical learned societies; The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS - the Harvey Cushing Society); the Hong Kong Surgical Society; the Burmese Medical Association; the Middle East Neursurgical Society; the Brazilian College of Surgeons.
The author’s medals and prizes comprise the Medal of the International Spinal Cord Society; Medals for Demonstrating in Anatomy in Edinburgh University and in the School of Medicine; The Dr A. S. Lakshimpathi Medal and Prize; the Sir John Fraser Clinical Surgery Prize; Medals in the School of Medicine of the Royal Scottish Colleges, in Physiology, Physics, Midwifery and Gynaecology; Medicine; and in Surgery.
To his credit, he has over 100 publications, plus books and chapters in books, in particular on Spinal Injuries and Disease, Head Injuries and Epilepsy.
He is Past-President of the British Cervical Spine Society.
He is married to his wife Sheelagh for almost 60 years, and has children and grandchildren. Is now retired and lives in Edinburgh.
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