From the Royal College of Physicians
RICHARD PERROT, AM – A native of Yorkshire, and master of arts of Cambridge, and formerly fellow of Sidney Sussex College, was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians, 18th May, 1670. In Thoresby’s Museum was a MS “de Morbis Humani Corporis,” by Richard Perrot, Licentiate in Physick, “a book of useful recipes and medicines.”
THOMAS PARRATT, M.D., was born in Huntingdonshire, and was the son of Thomas Parratt, of Calworth, in that county. He was educated at Huntingdon school under Mr. Matthews, was admitted a pensioner of St. John’s college, Cambridge, 8th June, 1703, aged seventeen, his father being then dead. He proceeded M.B. 1710; M.D. 1722; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1729; and a Fellow 30th September, 1730. His name disappears from the list in 1741.
ANTHONY DAVID PERRETT was a consultant physician at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, born in Auckland, New Zealand. In 1963 he worked as a senior house officer and registrar in general medicine at St Leonard’s Hospital in London. Two years later, in 1965, he moved to the Nuffield department of clinical medicine at Oxford, where he was research registrar to Sidney Truelove the pioneer gastroenterologist. Following this post he went to Uganda, where he was a senior medical registrar at Mulago Hospital, Kampala and an honorary lecturer in general medicine at Makere University Medical School. He remained in Uganda from 1968 to 1970 but found that he had to leave when, after independence, the regime of Idi Amin began. On his return to the UK, he spent two years from 1970 to 1972 as a senior registrar at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and the Bristol Royal Infirmary before being appointed a consultant physician with an interest in diabetes and endocrinology to the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly clinical area in 1973. He was the author of several notable papers on gastroenterological and metabolic topics. A passionate supporter of the NHS, he held firm socialist principles and was an active member of the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons, Amnesty International and the Labour Party.
ARTHUR PORRITT was born in Wanganui, New Zealand. He completed the clinical part of his undergraduate studies at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. His professional career began as a house surgeon at St Mary’s under the senior surgeon, V W Low, who was at that time a vice-president of the Royal College of Surgeons. Later Porritt became a surgical registrar and his career blossomed under the tutelage of Charles Pannett, the first professor of surgery at St Mary’s, to whom his gratitude was lifelong. He was appointed consultant surgeon in 1936, a position he held until his retirement in 1965. By that time he had also held consultant appointments at many other hospitals, including the Royal Chelsea, the Royal Masonic, King Edward VII, Princess Louise, and St John and Elizabeth.