Dr James Syme was born on 25 August 1930 in Lochgelly, Fife. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1954.  After house posts at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary he entered the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to the Military Hospital in Lagos, Nigeria.  He went on to study and work in Glasgow, and specialised particularly in the care of children and families, particularly in relation to new-born-babies and breathing difficulties.


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  • Date of interview: November 1997
  • Archive reference: OBJ/ORA/1/39
  • Interviewer: Martin Eastwood


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