JAMES SPIERS NELSON
President of the Nottingham Medico-
James Nelson a well-
He was born in Rathfriland, Co. Down, and educated at the Public Elementary School there, moving on to the Friends' School Lisburn later. He entered Queen's University Belfast from which he qualified MB BCh BAO in 1949, gaining the diplomas LRCP LRCS Ed, LRFPS (Glas) in the same year. He settled in Nottingham at an early stage in his career and was appointed to the City hospital and to the Children's Hospital where he gained an excellent grounding in paediatrics. This was to serve him well in his subsequent career.
He became a general practitioner in Sneinton, Nottingham, the birthplace of General Booth of Salvation Army fame. This was a busy inner city practice, based in later years at the Sneinton Health Centre, which was fortunate in having a doctor with Dr Nelson's expertise, able to deal with human life in all its aspects. He became involved in the psychiatric services of the City working as a clinical assistant at St Francis Hospital. With Dr Maurice Everton he was one of the first GPs in the area to have this close liaison with the psychiatric hospitals and the psycho-
An interest in medico-
From 1980 to 1992 he was physician in charge of the Nottingham BUPA Clinic.
Throughout his career James Nelson was held in high esteem by his patients and colleagues. He was always easily approachable and ready to help colleagues. His successful Presidency of the Society was characterised by excellent speakers, including the formidable Professor Sheila Sherlock, one of the few leaders of the profession to address the Society on more than one occasion. Those who were fortunate enough to enjoy the pre-