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The Lancet: Retirement of Dr. Egbert Morland

Nature volume 154, page 572 (04 November 1944) | Download Citation



DR. EGBERT MORLAND, editor of The Lancet, has retired. Though thirty of his seventy years have been given to medical journalism, this was the third of his careers. Of a Quaker family, he took his B.Sc.(Lond.) from Owens College with first-class honours, and distinguished himself at St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College, winning the M.B. gold medal in physiology. But the series of junior hospital posts that should have led to consultant practice ended when, like many another house-physician of those days, he developed tuberculosis. In Switzerland he embarked on a second career: he took the Swiss federal diploma and the M.D. Berne, settled in Arosa, and became an expert in the disease he had overcome, writing a prize essay on sanatorium construction and many papers on tuberculin. The contentment of his trilingual practice, however, was destroyed in 1914. After relief work on the Marne, he came to London and called at The Lancet. The editor, Squire Sprigge, asked him to remain as his assistant, and in 1937 he succeeded to the editorial chair.

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