Dr Cyril Frederick Mvo Scurr

Dr Cyril Frederick Mvo Scurr FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA FFARCSI (Hon)

14/07/1920 to 06/07/2012

Place of birth: Hampstead, London

Nationality: UK

CRN: 516826

Education and qualifications

General education

Finchley Grammar School, North London Polytechnic College, Kings College London 1937-38, Westminster Hospital 1938-41

Primary medical qualification(s)

LRCP MRCS 1941; MBBS 1942 University of London

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BSc 1936; DA 1947; FRCS; Hon FFARCSI


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

09/41-06/42 House Surgeon and Casualty Officer, Westminster Hospital.
09/42-04/47 RAMC. Lt-Capt-Major (serving in Algeria, Tunisia 42-43; Italy 43-45; Greece 46-47)
1947-49 Registrar then Senior Registrar Westminster Hospital and Supernumerary Registrar at Brompton Hospital
1949-85 Consultant, Westminster Hospital
1949-59 Consultant, Preston Hall Hospital, Aylesford, Kent
1950 Consultant, Hospital of St John and Elizabeth, St John’s Wood, London

Professional interests and activities

1961-77 Board Member, Faculty Anaesthetists, RCS
1970-73 Dean, Faculty Anaesthetists, RCS
1956-59,1962-65, 1973-78 Council Member, AAGBI
1976-78 President, AAGBI
1970-72 Hon. Sec., Anaesthetic Section RSM.
1978-79 President, Anaesthetic Section of RSM
1988 Honorary Member, Anaesthetic Section of RSM
Clinical and Research interests in muscle relaxants, profound hypothermia in cardiac surgery, measurement and monitoring in anaesthesia.

He co-authored two notable books: in 1970 (with S Feldman) ‘Scientific Foundations of Anaesthesia’; in 1987 (with S Feldman and W Paton) ‘Drugs in Anaesthesia: Mechanisms of Action’. Both ran to further editions.

Other biographical information

Married Isabel Jean Spiller in 1947 and they had four children: three had careers in medicine and one became an architect.

Keen gardener and photographer. Interested in cricket, hockey and tennis.

Author and sources

Author: David Wilkinson

Sources and comments: 

[1] Scurr’s own completion of ‘Boulton form’ on Lives of Fellows of Faculty.

[2] Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows completed by Aileen Adams.

[3] Obituary BMJ 2012; 2: 35.