Ian A Mackie

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7470
  1. David V Seal

Ian A Mackie died peacefully but unexpectedly after a long and distinguished career as a medical ophthalmologist, pianist, and art connoisseur. He was known to many colleagues worldwide, but especially in the USA, for his sharp clinical acumen and many lectures, publications, and books on all aspects of external eye disease, including beneficial and detrimental effects of contact lens wear. Ian’s reputation was as big as the man himself; ebullient, confident, gloriously loud, always with a twinkle in his eyes.

Ian was born in Aberdeen, where he attended local and high school before going to Aberdeen Medical School in 1949. After graduating he followed up with his internships and a spell in general practice, he moved to London in 1957 to pursue a career in ophthalmology. He attended the diploma in ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, but was prevented from undertaking surgery owing to the development of cheiropompholyx. This did not end his fascination with the subject, so he pursued a career in medical ophthalmology. At the …

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