Michael Gerald FitzGeraldBMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j5484 (Published 24 November 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5484
- Alex Wright,
- Robert FitzGerald
Widely known as “Fitz,” Michael Gerald FitzGerald was a respected and well liked consultant physician specialising in clinical diabetes and thyroid disease at the General Hospital Birmingham, where he led the department from 1964 to his retirement in 1989. A fine physician, a man of great integrity and a delightful personality, he was popular with patients, their families, and the staff who worked with him at the hospital where he both started and finished his medical career.
Born in Birmingham on 25 August 1924, the only child of Winifred and Major Lancelot FitzGerald, Michael was schooled during the war years. Perhaps a slow starter, he nonetheless achieved a scholarship for King Edward’s School, he took his school certificates during the Birmingham blitz. He was an active sportsman, representing the school in cricket, hockey, and rugby, and he ended up achieving good results in his highers, a scholarship in biology, and a scholarship entrance into Birmingham University Medical School.
His medical school years (1942-47) gave him many happy memories. He studied exceptionally hard, but he also became an integral part of the hospitals social life. He won the Bertram Windle anatomy prize 1944, the Samson Gamgee …