Born in Muckhart, Perthshire, the son of a solicitor, George Alexander Gibson was educated at Dollar Academy and at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. He was a postgraduate student in London, Dublin and Berlin. By the age of 27 he had acquired the degrees of BSc, MB, CM, DSc and MD as well as the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. As a house physician to Dr George Balfour, he developed a special interest in heart disease which in time resulted in Dr Gibson becoming recognised as one of the leading cardiologists in Scotland. When the Deaconess Hospital of the Church of Scotland was opened he was given charge of medical wards, soon to be followed by his appointment as a physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, a position he held for 22 years. Honorary degrees came from universities at home and abroad – an MD from Dublin, BSc from Harvard and Liverpool and LLD from St Andrews and McGill.
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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
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