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Biographical entry Scott, Malcolm Leslie (1882 - 1931)

MRCS and FRCS 9 December 1909; MB BS Adelaide 1904; MCh 1919.

25 June 1882
Adelaide, South Australia
3 November 1931
General surgeon


Born 25 June 1882 in College Park, a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia, the son of a business man. He was educated at Prince Alfred College, where he won the intercollegiate championship for club-swinging in two successive years. At the University of Adelaide he was placed top of his year in the first and fourth examinations and second in those of the final year. He served as resident medical officer at the Adelaide Hospital in 1905, and then acted for two years as assistant to Dr H A Powell of Kadina, after which he visited England where he remained during the years 1908-10. Returning to South Australia he conducted a large and successful general practice from 1910 to 1916.

During the war he volunteered for active service in 1916, and was attached to the permanent surgical staff at No 1 Australian General Hospital then stationed at Rouen. He was posted afterwards to a British casualty clearing station in the Passchendaele section, and later to No 6 British General Hospital, as senior operating surgeon. In 1918 he was appointed first operating surgeon and surgical specialist to No 1 Australian Hospital at Rouen, where he paid special attention to the treatment of septic wounds of the joints.

He returned to Adelaide in 1919, took the degree of Master of Surgery by thesis, and was chosen surgeon to the outpatients at the Adelaide Children's Hospital, succeeding in due course to the senior staff and being made consulting surgeon in 1927, upon his appointment as surgeon to the Adelaide Hospital.

At the University of Adelaide he was demonstrator of anatomy in 1919; lecturer on regional and surgical anatomy in 1920; lecturer and examiner in clinical surgery in 1927.

He died at 195 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia on 3 November 1931, survived by his wife and six children. Scott set a high standard of professional excellence in South Australia, and was especially interested in general as well as in medical education. He was a member of the Council and of the education committee at the Scotch College. The dominant features of his character were his honesty, his thoroughness, and his restraint in speaking, which sometimes amounted to reticence.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med J Austral 1932, 1, 64].

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