Charles Desmond Ross Pengelly

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4271
  1. John Scotson

Charles Desmond Ross Pengelly, referred to as Desmond, was a well known figure in Manchester medical circles He was born in Penzance, Cornwall, in March 1923 and graduated from Bristol in 1946. He did two house jobs in his teaching hospital and then did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. As he was not of a military disposition, army life was not to his liking—that is, until he was given a posting to Baguley Sanatorium, Manchester, where he dealt mainly with pulmonary tuberculosis.

After leaving the army he held posts in his home county of Cornwall, after which decided to apply for a senior registrar post at Manchester Royal Infirmary. When he arrived in Manchester, in December 1955, the temperature was below freezing, and the fog was such that it was impossible to see across the road. He joked that the Manchester weather operated in his favour because …

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