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Biographical entry Morris, Edward Walter Talwin (1899 - 1995)

MRCS 1926; FRCS 1935; LRCP 1926.

Adelaide, Australia
17 February 1995


'Tom' Morris was born in 1899 at Adelaide, where he started to read medicine, but interrupted his studies to enlist during the first world war, narrowly surviving the Spanish 'flu epidemic in 1918 aboard a troopship. After the war he came to England to follow in his father's footsteps at St Thomas's Hospital where he qualified in 1926 and then joined the Sudan Medical Service, where he spent the next twenty-one years, surviving diphtheria, malaria and amoebic dysentry.

He developed an interest in anatomy whilst studying for the primary, passed the final FRCS in 1935, and then returned to St Thomas's as a senior lecturer in anatomy in 1949. There he continued to teach anatomy until 1965, when he went back to Khartoum to continue to teach for a couple of years before returning to Aberdeen, where he pursued research into the embryology of the heart by means of electron microscopy. He was still teaching anatomy during his 94th year, and remained physically and mentally fit until the day of his death, which was precipitated by his push-starting his car. He left a wife and two sons, the youngest of whom, H C T Morris, continued the family tradition of demonstrating anatomy at St Thomas's before becoming a GP. He died on 17 February 1995.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1995 311 1017.].

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