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Biographical entry Cape, Ronald (1921 - 2007)

9 February 1921
9 November 2007
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Geriatrician and Medical practitioner


Ronald Cape was an internationally renowned geriatrician who made significant contributions to the field of aged care, by proposing new approaches and encouraging a broader understanding of the conditions of geriatric patients. His textbook Aging: Its Complex Management, published in 1978, was at the vanguard of a new school of thought in the way geriatric medicine was taught. He held various positions in education and research including Professor and Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Ontario (1975-1986) and Director of Melbourne University's Institute for Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology (1986-1988).



Education - Bachelor in Science and Medicine, Daniel Stewart's College, Edinburgh University
Career position - House surgeon at Stirling Hospital, Scotland
1945 - 1947
Life event - Served with the RAF in Britain, Egypt and Sudan
1952 -
Career event - Appointed senior medical registrar at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham, England
1971 - c. 1975
Career position - Founding Director of the West Midlands Institute of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, England
1975 - 1986
Career position - Professor and Chief of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, Canada
Career event - Authored and published textbook Aging: Its Complex Management
1986 - 1988
Career position - Director of the Institute of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, University of Melbourne
Award - British Geriatrics Society 50th Anniversary Medal

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  • Henscke, P., 'Led field in health care for the aged', The Age (2007). Details


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