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Biographical entry Loughnane, Farquhar McGillivray (1885 - 1948)

MRCS 23 July 1912; FRCS 11 June 1914; LRCP 1912.

5 February 1885
14 July 1948
Urological surgeon


Born 5 February 1885, fourth child and third son of Denis Joseph Loughnane, collector of customs and excise, he was educated at Clapham College, King's College, London, and St Thomas's Hospital, where he won the entrance and Peacock scholarships and the Treasurer's gold medal. He was casualty officer and house surgeon at St Thomas's, and held resident posts at Camberwell Infirmary, at the Royal Sea-bathing Hospital, Margate, and at Salford and Leicester. During the war of 1914-18 he served at first with the Red Cross in France and then as captain, RAMC, at No 40 General Hospital in Mesopotamia, where he achieved success in the open treatment of fractures in desert conditions.

Loughnane's interest lay in urological surgery. He introduced the radical operation in urogenital tuberculosis, and was a pioneer in the perurethral treatment of the enlarged prostate. He was particularly skilful in the employment of the cystoscope and intra-vesical instruments. After serving as assistant urologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham, he became surgeon to All Saints' Hospital for Genito-urinary Diseases, and to St Mary's Hospital for Women and Children at Plaistow, serving also on the board of governors there 1920-48. He was consulting urologist to the London County Council at Bethnal Green Hospital from 1933, and consulting surgeon to Hampton Cottage Hospital. Loughnane was president of the section of urology at the Royal Society of Medicine, and a chairman in 1938-39 of the Marylebone division of the British Medical Association, serving also on the Representative Body for eleven years.

He married in 1927 and his wife survived him, but without children. He died in St Mary's Hospital, Plaistow on 14 July 1948, aged 63, after a long illness.

Loughnane was a member of the Irish Golfing Society, but his chief pleasure was the restoration of cottages and gardens in Kent and the company of fishermen on the Kentish coast. He had practised at 80 New Cavendish Street and later at 29 Devonshire Place. He had a deep sense of duty, and hid a warm, affectionate nature under a courteous, reserved manner.

A Handbook of renal surgery. London, 1926.
Perurethral treatment of enlarged prostate. Practitioner, 1933, 131, 71.
Retention of urine. Brit med J 1935, 1, 1115.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1948, 2, 229, by G H Rossdale, MD, p 233, and p 273, eulogy by W P Greenwood, FRCS; Lancet, 1948, 2, 202, with eulogy by W P Greenwood; information from Mrs Loughnane].

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