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Biographical entry Douglas-Crawford, Douglas (1867 - 1927)

MRCS Dec 13th 1894; FRCS Dec 13th 1894; MB CM Edin 1887.

Liverpool, UK
7 February 1927
Liverpool, UK
Anatomist and General surgeon


Born in Liverpool, the son of a local medical man. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he was Junior Demonstrator in Pathology; after graduating he became Demonstrator of Anatomy to Professor Melville Paterson at University College, Dundee.

He pursued his medical studies in Berlin, and at University College Hospital. After obtaining his Fellowship he joined the staff of the University of Liverpool as Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy under his former chief, Professor Paterson. Until the day of his death the importance of anatomy in surgery was an outstanding feature of his life's work. By every means in his power he sought to promote the study of anatomy as applied to surgery, both general and dental. In 1903 he became Lecturer at the University in Surgical and Applied Anatomy; in 1907 Lecturer in Clinical Surgery; in 1912 Lecturer in Clinical Surgery for Dental Students. In the same year he was a Vice-President of the Section of Anatomy at the Liverpool Meeting of the British Medical Association, and in 1925-1926 he was Chairman of the Faculty of Medicine. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Stanley Hospital in 1895, and full Surgeon in 1898. In 1910 he became Surgeon to the Royal Southern Hospital, where till the time of his death the bulk of his hospital surgery was carried out, and where he was latterly Senior Hon Surgeon. At the time of his death he also held the posts of Consulting Surgeon to the Liverpool Dental Hospital, the Hoylake and West Kirby Cottage Hospital, and the Druids Cross Hospital. During the Great War he served in Liverpool, and abroad with the 1st Western General Hospital.

Much of his energy was given at one time and another to the Liverpool Dental Hospital and to teaching in the University. He was Tutor to Dental Students, to whom his instruction made a special appeal and among whom his reputation was high. He practised at 75 Rodney Street.

A most active man, of breezy, cheerful manners, he had just been granted an extension of his term of office as Senior Surgeon of the Royal Southern Hospital, when he died suddenly while engaged in his usual work, on Feb 7th, 1927. He left a widow, but no children.

"Intraspinal Tumours, with Case of Successful removal." - Liverpool Med.-Chir. Jour., 1909, xxix, 815.
"Chronic Prostatitis: its Cause and Treatment." - Ibid., 1910, xxx, 300.
"Volvulus." - Ibid., 1911, xxxi, 891.
"Jejunostomy for Malignant Stricture of Oesophagus." - Ibid., 1914, xxxiv, 270.

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