Alexander Logan Speirs

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 24 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2653
  1. Mary T Higgins

    Alexander Speirs (“Sandy”) was a pioneer in the care of sick children in central Scotland. He was formerly consultant paediatrician at both Stirling Royal Infirmary and Falkirk and District Royal Infirmary. He did his medical training in Aberdeen, including during 1944-7, when he served as surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR). While in the armed forces he was one of the first doctors in Scotland to administer penicillin to a patient. His senior paediatric training and research continued in Glasgow. He gained an MD with commendation for his thesis on acute bowel infections in children. He was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow, Edinburgh, and London, and was a member of the council of the British Paediatric Association.

    In 1954 Dr Speirs became a consultant …

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