22 March 2011

Featured Neurologist: Fergus Robert Ferguson (1899-1974)

Fergus Robert Ferguson was born near Warrington, England, to Donald Ferguson who was a physician and surgeon in Scotland. Educated at Manchester University, Ferguson qualified in 1920, serving as a lecturer in Bacteriology at Manchester University from 1920-1922 and then held a series of hospital posts in Manchester, before becoming Resident and then Registrar at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases and Epilepsy and Paralysis (1927-1929). In 1929 he returned to Manchester, becoming Physician at the Royal Infirmary until 1964. Ferguson, a thorough lecturer, was among the few neurologists of his generation to hold a university post in neurology; from 1946 he was Reader in Neurology at Manchester University. Throughout his distinguished career, he received many recognitions including distinctions in medicine, obstetrics, and surgery; a clinical prize; the Leed Research Fellowship; and a Gold Medal MD. He was a member of many organizations including the Association of British Neurologists, The Royal Society of Medicine's Section of Neurology, the Medical Pilgrims, and he was a corresponding member of the French Neurological Society. He also founded and became president of the North of England Neurological Association, in addition to being president of the Association of British Neurologists, the Section of Neurology of the Royal Society of Medicine and a frequent government consultant, Ferguson was also one of the first members of the Royal College of Physicians London, Committee on Neurology. He served as a physician in both WWI and WWII. He was remembered for raising clinical neurology to a level of perfection. He loved sports and gardening and was married with two children.

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