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Biographical entry Angus, Henry Brunton (1867 - 1927)

MRCS July 30th 1891; FRCS Dec 11th 1902; MB BS Durham 1890; MS 1900.

4 October 1927
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
General surgeon


Son of James Ackworth Angus, a well-known medical man of Newcastle. Educated at Newcastle Royal Grammar School and Durham University College of Medicine, then situated in Orchard Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. His early appointments were: Resident Medical Officer to the Newcastle Dispensary, Resident House Surgeon to the Southport Infirmary and Dispensary. He became House Surgeon to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in 1891, Assistant Surgeon in 1896, full Surgeon in 1905, and Honorary Consulting Surgeon on his retirement, owing to illness, in April, 1927. [1] In the Durham College of Medicine he was appointed Lecturer on Surgery in 1909, succeeded Professor Rutherford Morison as Professor of Surgery in 1921, becoming Emeritus Professor on his resignation in 1927.

An active and wise member of his hospital and medical committees, he was elected a member of the Senate of Durham University in 1910, and Member of the Council of the College of Medicine in 1919. He did good work as a surgeon throughout the Great War, with the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, in the 1st Northern General Hospital. Subsequently he was on the staff of the Newcastle Pensions Hospital, where he had opportunity for plastic and reconstructive surgery, for which he had a special bent.

Though not possessing great capacity for original work, Angus was a faithful surgeon, a sound teacher, and a fair-minded examiner. "He was an excellent influence in the Medical School, an ideal hospital officer, and the very model of the perfect English gentleman", says his contemporary biographer. His portrait accompanies his biographies.

He suffered for years from progressive anæmia before he died at his residence, 5 Eslington Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on Oct 4th, 1927. He married Marian, daughter of J Arnison, of Sandyford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. She, with two daughters, survived him.

"A Method of treating Damaged Intestine without Resection." Brit. Med. Jour., 1912.
"Case of Subcortical Cerebral Tumour - Tuberculous Successfully Removed." Lancet, 1913, i, 678.

[Amendments from the annotated edition of Plarr's Lives at the Royal College of Surgeons: [1] "In the earliest days of the development of X rays, he was in charge of the then primitive department." [Brit Jour Surgery. 1931, xviii, 676]

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1927, ii, 839. Brit. Med. Jour., 1927, ii, 708].

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