Douglas McAlpine

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Douglas McAlpine
Douglas McAlpine

Archibald Douglas McAlpine (1890-1981) was a graduate of the University who became a distinguished neurologist and a pioneer in research into multiple sclerosis.

McAlpine was the son of the civil engineering contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, and graduated MB, ChB in 1913. He served in the RAMC and then as a Surgeon Lieutenant in the Royal Navy during the First World War, when he was mentioned in dispatches. After taking higher degrees and working in junior hospital posts, he was appointed Neurologist to the Middlesex Hospital in 1924. He served as a Brigadier in the RAMC as an adviser in Neurology during the Second World War, and was mentioned in dispatches again.

In 1953, McAlpine was leading light in the formation of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. His book Multiple Sclerosis (1955) was recognised as the authoritative study of the disorder and was revised and updated in subsequent editions. After retiring from the National Health Service, he worked for the World Health Organisation on demyelinating disorders.


Douglas McAlpine

Born 19 August 1890, Scotland.
Died 4 February 1981.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1913;
Occupation categories: neuroscientists
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Record last updated: 12th Sep 2014

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