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Biographical entry Logie, Norman John (1904 - 1972)

TD 1955; MRCS and FRCS 1933; MB ChB Aberdeen 1927; FRCS Ed 1956.

1 January 1904
15 March 1972
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Norman Logie was born in Glasgow on 1 January 1904, the son of a general practitioner who was a Glasgow Honours graduate; his mother had been a nurse at Belvidere Fever Hospital, Glasgow. He was educated at Glasgow High School, but his University was Aberdeen, the family having moved north to Rothes, and he graduated there in 1927, winning the Keith Gold Medal in clinical surgery, and then became house surgeon at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. In 1928 he came to London and held house appointments at the West London Hospital and at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street.

After two years in London he returned to Aberdeen as assistant in anatomy and clinical tutor in surgery, which brought him under the influence of Sir John Marnoch and his successor Professor James Learmonth, and in 1933 he obtained the English Fellowship. Logie was an officer in the medical unit of the University OTC and was therefore called up in 1939 and served in Tobruk with the 15th Scottish General Hospital, fortunately being ordered back to Cairo shortly before Tobruk was captured. In 1942, as a Lieutenant-Colonel, he was sent back to Britain to instruct junior officers in the management of battle casualties, and shortly after D-day he landed in Normandy with the 77th General Hospital with which he remained till the end of the war and for his good work was mentioned in dispatches.

It was after the war that he began to take a special interest in urology. He had always been a general surgeon, with experience during the war of wound treatment in the early days of penicillin, and of the treatment of burns; but gastroenterology, particularly partial gastrectomy for duodenal ulcer took a prominent place in his practice and his published results compared very favourably with the more recently introduced vagotomy and drainage procedures. But in time his work became more and more urological, and it was therefore appropriate that, when in 1967 a urological department was established at the Royal Infirmary, he should be the first consultant in charge.

This outline of his career, though indicating his ability and his wide experience, would be incomplete without some reference to Norman Logie the man, whose devotion to his duties as a surgeon and teacher were so highly valued and greatly appreciated by patients, colleagues, students and trainees. He was involved in the affairs of many professional bodies, including committees of his hospital group, of the University and also of the City of Aberdeen, and he was the founder and Captain of the North-East Scotland Seniors Golfing Association. He also made many worthwhile contributions to surgical literature.

He had a very happy home life with his devoted wife, a son who graduated in medicine and had commenced his surgical training, to his father's great satisfaction, and a daughter, who all survived him. He died, after long suffering from intestinal cancer, on 15 March 1972.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1972, 1, 596; Aberdeen postgrad J June 1972].

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