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Biographical entry Moore, Archie Murrell Acheson (1904 - 1979)

CStJ; MRCS 1927; FRCS 1930; LRCP 1927.

14 August 1904
Pretoria, South Africa
16 April 1979
General surgeon


Archie Murrell Acheson Moore, known as Dintie, was born in Pretoria on 14 August 1904 and underwent his early education in South Africa. He came to London with his family at the age of seventeen but within a year his father had died, leaving the family with very little money. He entered the London Hospital Medical College in 1923 by means of a scholarship which enabled him to remain a student despite the lack of financial resources.

Qualifying in 1927, he held junior appointments at the London Hospital and Southend General Hospital and was then appointed to the consultant staff of the London where he remained for the rest of his career. He was also honorary consultant surgeon to Poplar Hospital, King George Hospital, Ilford, Dr Barnardo's Homes, St Luke's Nursing Home for the Clergy and the Arthur Stanley Institute for Rheumatism.

Moore was an unusually good teacher and an extremely kind man, both to his students and to his patients. He had infinite patience and consideration for others and influenced many by personal example. He was examiner in surgery for the Universities of London and Durham and for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the General Dental Council. He was a Past President of the British Supporting Group of the World Medical Association.

Moore was very much involved with medical politics through the British Medical Association, being honorary secretary of the Marylebone Division from 1937 to 1944 and then its chairman. He was a representative at the annual meetings of the BMA from 1937 to 1953 and served on many of its committees including the Central Consultants' and Specialists' Committee and the Finance Committee. He was Treasurer of the BMA from 1948 until 1954 when he was elected a Vice-President of the Association and admitted to the Honorary Fellowship.

Outside of surgery and medical politics he was a keen surgical historian and took a great interest in the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, becoming Master in 1962. He was also keen on fencing and in his time was President of the Fencing Club of the London Hospital.

His wife, Marjorie, predeceased him and in his later years he lived with his younger daughter at Goring-on-Thames, near Reading. He died on 16 April 1979 and was survived by two daughters and a son.

Sir Barry Jackson

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1979, 1, 1222 and 1575 and 2, 218].

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