Raymond greene: Physician, mountaineer, and raconteur

George W Rodway, Victoria Gibbs, Jeremy S. Windsor

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C. Raymond Greene (19011982) was a man of many talents. After graduating from medical school in 1927, he spent a decade in general practice. He subsequently became heavily involved in the emerging specialty of endocrinology and went on to gain considerable recognition in the treatment of thyroid disorders before eventually becoming involved in the world of medical publishing. Aside from Greene's mainstream vocational and intellectual pursuits, from boyhood he nurtured a passionate interest in mountaineeringfirst in his native Great Britain, and then the European Alps, and ultimately in the high Himalayas. His involvement in landmark climbs, such as the successful Kamet venture in 1931 and Everest attempt in 1933, earned him a place in the pantheon of Himalayan explorers and mountaineers and stimulated Green's interest in high altitude physiology and medicine. He made notable additions to the literature on this subject in publications such as Nature and Journal of Physiology. Apart from his remarkable life achievements in the areas of medicine, mountaineering, and publishing, Greene was perhaps best remembered by those close to him (and by contemporary readers who are devotees of his writing) as a peerless storyteller with a sardonic sense of irony.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-276
Number of pages7
JournalWilderness and Environmental Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • expeditions to high altitude
  • history of high altitude medicine
  • Mount Everest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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