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Biographical entry Currie, John Alexander ( - 1984)

MRCS LRCP 1923; MB BS London 1924; MS 1938; FRCS 1938.

23 August 1984
General practitioner and Urological surgeon


John Alexander Currie was a consultant urologist in Cape Town, South Africa. He was the son of James Oswald Currie, a medical practitioner, and was educated at Diocesan College ('Bishops') in Cape Town. During the First World War he was commissioned in the Royal Field Artillery. He then went on to study medicine at Guy's in London, gaining his MRCS LRCP in 1923 and his MB BS in 1924.

He returned to South Africa, where he was a general practitioner in Wynberg, Cape Province. He then went back to London to study urology and obtained his final FRCS in 1938. In the same year he was awarded his masters in surgery.

During the Second World War, he served in the South African Medical Corps. After the war he established a private urological practice in Cape Town. He was also appointed to the staff of Groote Schuur Hospital and Victoria Hospital, Wynberg.

Currie was president of the Medical Association of South Africa in 1961.

After retiring from his private practice in Cape Town, he became a general practitioner on the island of St Helena for a year or so.

He was married to Gertie, a former nurse, whom he had met at Victoria Hospital. Currie died on 23 August 1984.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [SAMJ 13 October 1984, Vol 66, pp 586-7].

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