Obituaries for Dr James Walker Downie

Attached are 2 obituaries for Dr James Walker Downie, one more general that appeared in the national newspapers and one more academic and career-orientated that appeared in the British Medical Journal.




Dr Walker Downie, who died at Cragmhor, Shandon, on Thursday night, was one of the most widely known medical practitioners in Glasgow.

For many years he practised as a specialist in affections of the throat and nose, and held various important appointments, including that of lecturer on these diseases at Glasgow University.

He was surgeon for this department at the Western Infirmary, aurist and laryngologist to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and examiner in aural and laryngeal surgery for the Fellowship of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr Downie was the author of several publications dealing with various aspects of diseases of the throat and nose.




Consulting Aural Surgeon, Western Infirmary, Glasgow.

We regret to announce the death, on July 21st, of Dr James Walker, the well-known oto-laryngologist of Glasgow.

Educated at Glasgow High School and University, he graduated MB, CM in 1881. After holding resident posts in the Glasgow Royal and Western Infirmaries, and at the London Hospital, he commenced the practice of his speciality in Glasgow, and obtained the appointment of lecturer on diseases of the nose and throat in the Western Medical School, and of aural surgeon to the Western Infirmary. Subsequently he held the posts of lecturer on diseases of the throat and nose in Glasgow University, and surgeon to the ear, nose and throat department of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and for some years he was consulting laryngologist to the Ochil Hills Sanatorium.

Soon after graduation he had become a Fellow of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and he was appointed one of the examiners for the Fellowship; he presented to the Faculty a handsome mace for use on ceremonial occasions. He was a former president of the Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society and of the Scottish Otological and Laryngological Society, a vice-president of the British Laryngological Society, and a member of many other medical societies, including the British Medical Association. Dr Walker Downie was the author of a Clinical Manual of Diseases of the Throat, which reached several editions, of a History of the Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society, and of many papers on his speciality in the medical journals.

There is no doubt that his health was affected by the loss of his only son in Mesopotamia during the war. He is survived by his widow and one daughter.

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