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Biographical entry Goldie, Walter Leigh Mackinnon (1879 - 1937)

OBE 1919; MRCS 12 February 1903; FRCS June 1905; LRCP 1903; DPH RCPS 1910.

6 June 1879
Simla, India
4 May 1937
General surgeon


Born at Simla, 6 June 1879, son of Colonel J Goldie. He was educated at Charterhouse 1892-96 and then passed into Sandhurst, as it was intended that he should enter the army. Disqualified on account of defective vision, he went to St Mary's Hospital where he served as house surgeon and house physician. He then acted as clinical assistant at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and at Mount Vernon Consumption Hospital. In 1905 he went as assistant medical officer to the East African Protectorate, contracted malaria, and was invalided home after three years service. He was then appointed assistant medical officer of health and tuberculosis officer at Norwich. He joined the Royal Naval Medical Service on the outbreak of the war and served until demobilization in 1919, when he was decorated OBE (mil) in reward for his services. In 1920 he was chosen medical officer of health, school medical officer, and bacteriologist for the Borough of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire; these posts he held until his death on 4 May 1937.


Etiology and diagnosis of German measles. Lancet, 1910, 2, 1012.
Pancreatitis with jaundice in the infectious diseases. Ibid 1912, 2, 1295.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1937, 1, 1049].

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