James Radclyffe McDonagh

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James Eustace Radclyffe McDonagh
Born17 October 1881 (1881-10-17)
Died14 February 1965 (1965-02-15) (aged 83)
Scientific career
InstitutionsLondon Lock Hospital

Professor James Eustace Radclyffe McDonagh FRCS (1881-1965) was a British surgeon and author.


Born on 17 October 1881, James McDonagh was educated at Bedford School and at the Medical College of St Bartholomew's Hospital. He was a surgeon at the London Lock Hospital and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1916, he was appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1929, he established the Nature of Disease Institute, remaining its director until 1959. Here he worked on the causes of syphilis, the common cold and influenza, reaching conclusions generally at odds with those commonly held.[1]

Professor James McDonagh retired in 1959 and died on 14 February 1965.[2]


  • Textbook on Venereal Diseases, 1915 and 1920
  • The Nature of Disease (three volumes), 1924–1927–1931
  • The Nature of Disease Journal (three volumes), 1932–1934
  • The Common Cold and Influenza, 1936
  • The Universe Through Medicine, 1940
  • The Nature of Disease To Date, 1946
  • The Nature of Disease Institute's First, Second and Third Annual Reports, 1948, 1949 and 1951
  • The Universe In The Making, 1948
  • A Further Study in the Nature of Disease, 1954
  • A Final Study in the Nature of Disease, 1959
  • The Nature of the Universe, Health and Disease, 1963.


  1. ^ Who's Who
  2. ^ Obituary, The Times, 17 February 1965

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