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Biographical entry McPherson, Arthur George (1913 - 1999)

MRCS 1938; FRCS 1940; MB BChir Cambridge 1938; MChir 1944.

29 June 1913
Kerwara, India
31 May 1999
General surgeon and Paediatric surgeon


Arthur McPherson was a former consultant surgeon at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. He was born on 29 June 1913 in Kerwara, India, where his father, James McPherson, was in the Indian Medical Service. His mother was Isabella Adamson Lamb. Educated at Edinburgh Academy and Caius College, Cambridge, he went on to St Thomas's for his clinical studies and gained the Clutton medal. He was casualty officer, registrar and resident assistant surgeon at St Thomas's, working for Sir Max Page and R H O B Robinson, before moving on to be first assistant to the professorial unit at Sheffield.

Having passed the FRCS, he joined the RAMC and served with the 225 Parachute Field Ambulance with the rank of Major, and was dropped on D-Day at Pegasus Bridge, and again behind enemy lines during the Rhine crossings. Later he was posted to Java, and then to Salonika.

He went to Bristol as a consultant general surgeon at the Southmead Hospital, and was involved in upgrading it from a local authority hospital to a teaching hospital. He also took over paediatric surgery at Bristol, one of the first to specialise in this field. He was a member of the Association of Paediatric Surgeons, and served on the Court committee on services for children and on the Platt committee on the training of surgeons and their staffing in hospitals.

He was fond of music and played the piano and the drums, played tennis at Cambridge and for Gloucestershire, and was a keen dinghy sailor. In 1948, he married Rae Allison, a doctor and an Edinburgh graduate. They had two daughters, two sons (one a consultant anaesthetist) and five grandchildren. He died in Bristol on 31 May 1999.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 1999 319 261].

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