President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1950 -1951

Norman Patrick Galloway: 16, Upper College Street, Nottingham. M.B., Ch.B, Edinburgh 1917. Diploma in Ophthalmology 1923 (University of Edinburgh). Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham and Midland Eye Infirmary. Member of the Oxford Ophthalmic Congregation, Ophthalmic Society, U.K.  The Midland Ophthalmic Society, and the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Late; Honorary Physician, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Medical Directory 1949.


Norman Patrick Galloway was a graduate of the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Nottingham he was appointed honorary house physician at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1922 he was appointed clinical assistant and anaesthetist to the Nottingham and Midland Eye Infirmary. Five years later, in 1927 he was to be elected to the position of honorary surgeon. He held this appointment until the inception of the National Health Service in July 1948 when he became consultant ophthalmologist.

Mr. Galloway was a member of the British Medical Association and was also a member of the Regional Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association. He also held the presidency of the Midland Ophthalmological Society from 1951 to 1953 and from 1950 to 1951 was the president of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. He was also a member of the Ophthalmological Society of the United Kingdom, the British Orthoptic Society, the Ophthalmological section of the Royal Society of Medicine and the Ophthalmological Congress.

After his retirement in March 1959, the Hospital Board of the Nottingham General Hospital decided in April 1960 to award Norman Patrick Galloway the title of Surgeon Emeritus to the Nottingham Eye Hospital in recognition of 34 years service to the Hospital.

Information from two reports in the  Nottingham Guardian,

Dated, 20th February, 1959 and 29th April, 1960

Local Studies Library, Angel Row, Nottingham.



Delivered October 4th, 1950

Dr. Galloway outlined the social history of the doctor in Great Britain, dealing mainly with the questions of his appearance, mode of transport, social status, and the limitation of his scientific knowledge. He also gave a picture of the earliest hospitals known here and traced their deterioration and recovery during the 19th century. The address was illustrated by slides which showed the evolution of the doctor’s attire from the scholar’s cap and gown to the fashionable top hat and frock coat of the late Victorians.

Reference was made to the curious prescriptions dispensed and believed in for hundreds of years, and a brief account of the Plague of London reminded the audience of the insanitary conditions of homes and public in the time of Samuel Pepys. Quotations from contemporary literature reinforced the general argument.

In spite of the lack of a scientific basis for medical practice before the 19th century, a few physicians maintained a proud professional tradition in every age. Dr. Galloway concluded with a tribute to the General Practitioner as an essential personality in any medical service, and expressed the hope that this personality would never be submerged under the pressure of new and overwhelming duties.

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