Professor Wilfrid Ingram Card

Biography of Professor Wilfrid Ingram Card

Wilfrid Card
Wilfrid Card

Wilfrid Ingram Card was a Titular Professor of Medicine at the University from 1966-1974.

Born 13 April 1908, Card was educated at Tonbridge School. He studied medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, winning the Seymour Graves Toller prize and Mead medal and graduating with an MD in 1931. He was a house physician at the London Chest Hospital and also at the Postgraduate Medical School. He returned to St Thomas’s as a medical registrar. He obtained the Perkins scholarship in 1936 and the Louis Jenner research fellowship in 1938. In 1939 he was appointed physician to outpatients and was elected to a Beit research fellowship. At the outbreak of war he was put in charge of the medical division at Botley’s Park War Hospital. From 1942-46 he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as a lieutenant colonel, and served in West Africa, India, Burma, Ceylon, Malaya and Siam.

In 1948 he accepted an invitation to become a Reader at Edinburgh University. In 1950 he was made physician in charge of the gastrointestinal unit at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. With Sir John Bruce he initiated a joint medical and surgical gastrointestinal unit which acquired national and international renown. While in Edinburgh he and his colleagues published a classic paper on the relationship between the parietal cell mass and the acid output of the stomach.

On the 1st October 1966 he was appointed to a personal Professorship at the University of Glasgow in the Department of Medicine by Mathematical and Statistical Methods. He was particularly interested in the possibilities of collaboration with Professor Kay of the Western Infirmary who shared similar research interests. In 1967 he published a classic article entitled ‘Towards a Calculus of medicine’ (Medical Annual 1967, 85, 9-21). Henrik Wulff credits him with “a new paradigm of clinical thinking” [‘Measuring Gut feelings: The scientific basis for clinical medicine.’ talk given at Memorial Festschrift, RCP London, 17 June 1986].

In 1974 he retired his position at the University but continued as an active researcher at the Diagnostic Methodology Research Unit at the Southern General Hospital. He was fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and Glasgow. He died in 1985.


Professor Wilfrid Ingram Card
Titular Professor of Medicine

Born 13 April 1908.
Died 1985.
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Occupation categories: physicians; Professor of Medicine; professors
Record last updated: 16th Jan 2018

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