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Biographical entry Cam, Thomas (1816 - 1890)

MRCS June 23rd 1837; FRCS (by election) Aug 26th 1844; LSA 1838; JP.

17 February 1890
General surgeon


Born at Bath, and came of an old Herefordshire family. His father and several of his relations were medical men. After qualifying he succeeded to his uncle’s practice at Hereford, which, considerable as it was, he carried on alone till his retirement about the year 1875. He was known as a good operating surgeon, and held the position of Surgeon, and afterwards of Surgeon Extraordinary, to the Hereford Infirmary. In this institution he was also Chairman of the Board of Management and a Life Governor. He was of great service to the city of Hereford in municipal affairs, was twice Mayor, and was an Alderman for thirty years. He filled many public offices, and was Chairman of the Brewster Sessions from his appointment to the bench onwards (1863-1890).

At the time of his death he was described by the Hereford journals as widely respected and esteemed for his uprightness of character and an exceedingly generous, charitable disposition, which was concealed under an apparently austere and dignified manner; and many are the stories of his timely and unostentatious sympathy and help. He died at Hereford, somewhat suddenly, on Feb 17th, 1890.

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