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Sir Stanley Davidson

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This remarkable man, who steeped all his life in the ways of the countryside and its sporting pursuits, was above all a most accomplished physician. Stanley Davidson was President of the College for four years, 1953–1957. He had a stormy introduction to medicine. As a Cambridge undergraduate he enlisted in the Gordon Highlanders at the outbreak of war in 1914. Severely wounded in France in 1915, he spent the next two years under care before his final discharge from the army. Although his general health was impaired, he resumed his medical studies with renewed enthusiasm and graduated in Edinburgh with first class honours in 1919. In 1928 he was appointed an assistant physician to the Royal Infirmary. His contributions to medicine were enormous; perhaps his most influential was his editorship of one of the most compact and balanced student textbooks of medicines – it soon became a classic, serving generations of students.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh



Sir Stanley Davidson


oil on canvas


H 91.4 x W 71 cm

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