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Biographical entry Campbell, Alfred Walter (1868 - 1937)

18 January 1868
Cunningham Plains, New South Wales, Australia
4 November 1937
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Neurologist and Pathologist


Alfred Walter Campbell had a specialist medical practice in Sydney in neurology and mental diseases. He published numerous papers, particularly on the brain, poliomyelitis and 'Australian disease', later known as Murray Valley encephalitis.


Born Murrumburrah, New South Wales, 18 January 1868. Died Sydney, 4 November 1937. Educated University of Edinburgh (MB, ChM 1889; MD 1892). Medical officer and director of pathology, Rainhill County Mental Hospital near Liverpool, England 1892-1905; private practice, Sydney, as a specialist in neurology and mental diseases 1905- ; honorary consultant, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children and the Coast (Prince Henry) Hospital; 2nd Australian General Hospital, Cairo 1914-15; Military Hospital, Randwick 1916-18; consultant, Department of Repatriation after the war.

Published resources


  • Macmillan, Malcolm, Snowy Campbell, Australian Pioneer investigator of the brain, Australian Scholarly Press, Melbourne, 2016, 239 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Eadie, M. J., 'A. W. Campbell: Australia's first neurologist', Clinical and Experimental Neurology, vol. 17, 1981, pp. 27-35. Details
  • Eadie, M.J., 'A.W. Campbell's Australian career: 1905-1937', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, vol. 8, no. 6, 2001, pp. 514-9. Details
  • Eadie, M.J., 'Alfred Walter Campbell (1868 - 1937)', Journal of Neurology, vol. 250, no. 2, 2003, pp. 249-50. Details
  • Macmillan, Malcolm, 'Alfred Walter Campbell and the visual functions of the optical cortex', Cortex, vol. 56, 2014, pp. 157-81. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.