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Biographical entry Macpherson, Norman Stewart (1899 - 1972)

KiH 1945; MRCS 1922; FRCS 1925; MB BS London 1923.

18 July 1899
29 May 1972
General surgeon


Born on 18 July 1899, he was educated at Wellington College and had a short period in the Army in the latter part of the first world war. He then entered the medical school of St Thomas's Hospital for his clinical training, qualifying with the Conjoint Diploma in 1923. After appointment as a casualty officer and house surgeon to Sir Cuthbert Wallace, he held similar appointments at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, being admitted as a Fellow in 1925. In that year he was accepted by the Church Missionary Society and posted to its hospital in Peshawar NWFP. Thereafter he served in other mission hospitals in Srinagar, Kashmir and Quetta and, later, at the Christian Medical Colleges at Ludhiana and Vellore. At the last he became Professor of Surgery for 15 years, from time to time being seconded to other hospitals and being awarded the Kaiser-i-Hind gold medal. Following his retirement in 1960 he returned to Srinagar in 1961, and from 1962-1966 acted as non-resident medical officer at Purley Hospital, Surrey. After this he returned to Peshawar for two and a half years and then worked for some months in Nigeria.

His last foreign assignment was as medical officer in SS Logo running from the Canary Islands to Cochin. Returning to England he engaged in general practice attached to medical missions in Bermondsey and Southwark until a month before his death. A dedicated missionary he was a skilled and careful surgeon, a good teacher, and a man of great humility, being helped by his fluency in the local languages.

He died in University College Hospital on 29 May 1972 aged 72.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1972, 2, 773].

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