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Iain Michie was born and educated on the Isle of Skye. He did house jobs in Inverness and with Dr J K Slater in Edinburgh, where he developed his interest in neurology. Following national service he extended his commission as consultant physician. At Wheatley Military Hospital he published an acclaimed paper on neurological syndromes associated with congenital cervical and craniocervical abnormalities and, when serving overseas, papers on porphyria and leishmaniasis in the Aden Protectorate. He returned to the United Kingdom in charge of the medical department of Queen Mary's Military Hospital at Millbank and while there conducted a two year study of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems of the Chelsea Pensioners. In 1971 he was awarded the Leishman Memorial Prize (Royal Army Medical Corps). In 1972 he was appointed consultant physician for Argyll. Hitherto the area had a consultant guest physician but general medicine was served by visiting consultants from Glasgow. He set up and developed a comprehensive service based in Oban which has continued to develop under his colleagues and successors. He retired early in 1992 following nephrectomy for hypernephroma.
Iain was a very astute clinician and a hugely popular, Gaelic speaking, ebullient character. As a student he captained the Edinburgh University shinty team for the six years the medical course then was. Predeceased by a daughter, he leaves a wife, Ray, and two daughters.