George StockdillBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2998 (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2998
- Stuart Murray
George was brought up in Holytown in Lanarkshire and attended the local primary school, where he was dux. His secondary schooling was at Glasgow High School. He left school aged 16 to study medicine at Glasgow University. After qualifying he spent his early formative clinical years at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in medicine, with an interest in respiratory medicine. He gained his membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1972 and was promoted to registrar.
An expanding family made George look at his career options, and to everyone’s surprise he left hospital medicine and joined a general practice in Motherwell. After three years he decided to return to hospital and was appointed as a registrar in haematology at Glasgow Royal. When a senior registrar post came up in Edinburgh, he felt things were not going particularly well at interview, and a well known Edinburgh physician asked him if he had ever been to Edinburgh. George replied, once to the Tattoo. Everyone burst out laughing and he got the post at the Western General Hospital. Although he had done some …