Max Duthie was educated at Manchester Grammar School and the University of Manchester, where he graduated with a medical degree in 1924. He worked as an ophthalmologist, beginning with an appointment at Manchester Eye Hospital in 1924, and remained there for the rest of his professional life. He was a key figure in setting up the department of ophthalmology at the University of Manchester, and was appointed reader in this subject in 1953. He was a vice-president of the Ophthalmological Society, and president of the North of England Ophthalmological Society. Duthie also played an important role in running the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress.
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