THE Professor of Surgery in the Andersonian College was born in Hillhead, and received his education at Glasgow Academy, then in Elmbank Street, and at Glasgow University. He graduated in 1886, and after visiting several of the Continental schools entered on a four years' course of surgical study in London, both in the hospitals and in laboratories of different colleges. In 1891 he returned to Glasgow as Dispensary Surgeon to the Western Infirmary, and he entered upon practice as a consulting surgeon. He also succeeded to the posts of Surgeon to the Central Dispensary, Surgeon to the Training Home for Nurses, and Assistant Clinical Lecturer to the Regius Professor of Surgery. Among the appointments which he received later are those of Surgeon to the Western Infirmary, Extra Honorary Surgeon to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. Consulting Surgeon to the Ear Hospital, and Consulting Surgeon to the Lunacy Board's Asylum at Gartloch.
As a teacher he proved highly successful. His classes on clinical surgery at the Infirmary crowded the available accommodation; at the Children's Hospital the directors found it necessary to construct a new lecture room for his clinique ; and the extra-mural class of Systematic Surgery which he began in 1893 attracted large numbers of University students. His present appointment in the Andersonian College was conferred in 1902. He is, further, Examiner in Surgery to Glasgow University, and a Major in the Scottish Territorial Hospitals.
He has been author of a large number of contributions to the Lancet and other medical journals. Professional attention has been particularly directed to his work in Brain Surgery, the Surgery of the Prostate Gland, the operative treatment of Spina Bifida, and the surgery of the Alimentary Canal; and the results of his researches have been incorporated in many of the text-books and standard surgical treatises of this country, America, and the Continent. For the use of his students he also published for private circulation a "Synopsis of Surgery" and a "Synopsis of Operative Surgery," which have run to three and four editions respectively.
Index of Glasgow Men (1909)