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Biographical entry Connolly, James Harris (1876 - 1918)

MRCS Dec 14th 1911; FRCS Dec 14th 1911; MB ChB Edin 1902; MD (commend) 1906

ENT surgeon


Born in 1876, the second son of James Connolly, of Putney. He was educated at the Royal Academical Institution and at Queen's College, Belfast, whence he went on to the University of Edinburgh. He received his professional training at the University and Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and also studied at King's College, St Bartholomew's Hospital, the London and Middlesex Hospitals. At the London Hospital in 1909 he prepared for the Primary Fellowship Examination.

After qualifying he acquired considerable surgical experience at the Royal Albert Hospital, Devonport, where he was House Surgeon; at the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Hospital, where he was Senior House Surgeon; and at the Throat Hospital, Golden Square, where for eighteen months he was Resident Medical Officer. He then went into special practice at 14 Stratford Place, W, about the year 1912, moving later to 15 Cavendish Place, W. He was appointed Chief Assistant of the Aural Department, St Bartholomew's Hospital, and Surgeon in charge of the Throat, Nose, and Ear Department of the Queen's Hospital for Children, Hackney.

He was securing a position as a consultant when the Great War broke out; he offered his services and was at first placed in charge of wounded officers at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich. He was for some months in Egypt, but spent the greater part of the four years preceding his death working at a Casualty Clearing Station in France. He was exposed to great climatic hardships and was invalided in March, 1917, after a severe chill. Later he collapsed while operating, and was sent to the Acheson Hospital in Regent's Park, London, as he was found to be suffering from albuminuria. After six months here he returned to France, and died of exhaustion at the Casualty Clearing Station, where he was the Surgical Specialist. His name figures in the Roll of Honour of the Royal College of Surgeons (Calendar, 1919). His portrait accompanies his short biography in the Lancet.

"Case of Traumatic Tetanus which Recovered under Treatment by Hypodermic Injections of Curare" (with W B CULLEN). - Lancet, 1904, ii, 831.

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