Dr. Peter Toghill

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1987 - 1988

Peter Toghill first worked at the Nottingham General Hospital as a House Physician and later as a Senior House Officer where he came under the influence of the much respected and earlier President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, Dr. John Douglas Proctor. Whom he regarded as the best physician he had ever met.

Peter Toghill was educated at the Watford Boys’ Grammar School, the University College, London (as an Exhibitor) and the University College Hospital Medical School graduating M.B., B.S. in 1955.

After his National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps where he attained the Commissioned Rank of Captain resumed his medical career with a number of postgraduate appointments in Nottingham and Sheffield. He returned to the University College Hospital, London as a Medical Registrar and British Empire Research Fellow with Professor (later Lord Rosenheim) and Professor Tom Prankerd. He eventually became Senior Registrar to the Liver Unit at the Kings College Hospital, London before moving back to Nottingham in 1968 where he was appointed as Consultant Physician to the Nottingham General Hospital, before moving to the Queen’s Medical Centre when it opened ten years later.

Peter Toghill had been attracted by the prospect of the new Medical School in Nottingham. During the period 1968 to 1970, shortly after he arrived, there was an enormous expansion of medical staff and facilities. Amongst others coming to Nottingham during those halcyon days were Tony Mitchell, Michael Langman, John Hampton, David Hull, Jack Hardcastle and Malcolm Symonds with David Greenfield as a charming and unifying Dean.

Peter Toghill’s clinical interests were in gastroenterology and haematology and initially he continued his research on splenic function in disease. With the arrival of students at the new Medical School his interest began to turn to medical education and he became, in turn, medical tutor, clinical sub-dean and later Director of Education at the Royal College of Physicians of London. He wrote extensively and one of his books, “Examining Patients” became a standard textbook for new medical students on the wards.

He joined the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society shortly after arriving in Nottingham and was Honourable Secretary in the 1970’s. In 1978 he was awarded a Medico-Chirurgical Society travelling Fellowship to review the medical arrangements and to give medical advice in the Falkland Islands. A grateful momento of his visit, in the form of a painting by a local artist from Port Stanley, hangs in the Society’s Council Room at the City Hospital. His Presidential Address to the Society was entitled “Medical Apprentices” which dealt with the development of the Nottingham Medical School.

In later years he was much involved with the activities of the Royal College of Physicians of London being an examiner for the Membership of Royal College of Physicians, Councillor, Censor and Director of Education. In his last post he was responsible for introducing the concept of formal continuing medical education to consultant physicians.

In his earlier days he was an enthusiastic and competent cricketer, captaining his medical school and playing for United Hospitals. After retiring from the playing side he became an active member of the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club and wrote a series of articles on old cricketers, notably, Dr. W. G. Grace and C. B. Fry.

SURGEONS Nottinghams Eminent Surgeons and Physicians