Sir Norman BlacklockBMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7572.810 (Published 12 October 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:810
Norman Blacklock managed to combine three very different careers: he was professor and head of the department of urological surgery at Manchester University; he was a surgeon in the Royal Navy; and surgeon to the Queen on her official visits abroad.
He introduced the lithotripsy service to Manchester, which meant organising the purchase of the machine and training staff to use it. It was the first such service outside London, and spread rapidly throughout the country. He did research into renal stones and the microanatomy of prostatic hyperplasia and he recognised and treated prostatitis, a condition that was previously often dismissed as imaginary and left untreated. His work on prostatitis was subsequently extended by others, who have shown it to be connected with prostatic enlargement and malignancy.
Norman Blacklock was born in Glasgow. His father was professor of pathology at Glasgow University, and later at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Blacklock studied medicine at Glasgow University, qualifying in 1950.
He carried out his national service in 1951 in the Royal Navy. Returning to civilian life, he became …