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August 17, 1970

Sir Gordon Holmes (1876-1965)

JAMA. 1970;213(7):1184-1185. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170330064012

Gordon Morgan Holmes, leading clinical neurologist of England, was born in Dublin in 1876 and there received his higher education at Trinity College.1 He graduated BA at 21, and, after studying two years in medicine, Holmes received the MB and won a medical traveling prize and the Stewart scholarship in mental and nervous diseases. He chose the neurological department of the Senckenberg Institute at Frankfurt-am-Main for post-graduate work in neuroanatomy and neurohistology under Edinger and Weigert.

On his return from the Continent, Holmes qualified as house-physician at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London— the beginning of a lifelong association with the institution famous for postgraduate neurological training. In 1904, he was appointed pathologist and director of research at the hospital and from 1909 until 1941 served on the honorary consulting staff. Holmes was associated also with the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital (Moorfields) and with Charing Cross Hospital,