James Willocks

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 13 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1205

Former consultant obstetrician Glasgow (b Lanarkshire 1928; q Glasgow 1951; MD, FRCOG, FRCP Glas), died from motor neurone disease on 13 February 2004.

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James Willocks was a leading figure in British obstetrics for 30 years. His particular contribution was in ultrasound scanning of the fetal head to assess size and growth of the fetus (ultrasonic cephalometry), a technique that was for years the only method of monitoring intrauterine fetal growth. After house jobs he saw active service in the Far East. His training in obstetrics and gynaecology began at Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital. He moved as lecturer in midwifery to the Queen Mother's Hospital (QMH) in Glasgow, when it opened in 1964. In 1966 he was appointed NHS consultant to the QMH and Glasgow Western Infirmary, where he remained until his retirement in 1990. His textbook Essentials of Obstetrics and Gynaecology ran to five editions. He leaves a wife, Elma, and three daughters.

[L J Willocks, A W F Miller]


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