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Biographical entry Corkey, Isaac Whitla (1892 - 1927)

MC; MRCS June 8th 1922; FRCS June 8th 1922; BCh BAO 1915; MA MD MCh Dublin, 1920; FRCSI 1920; LM Rotunda Hospital Dublin 1914.

Warrenport, County Down
7 March 1927
General surgeon


Born at Warrenport, Co Down, the son of Isaac Corkey and a nephew of Sir William Whitla, Professor of Medicine at Belfast. He was educated at the University of Dublin, where he won a medical scholarship at Trinity College in 1913. He served with distinction during the Great War, winning the Military Cross. After demobilization he passed the Fellowship Examinations both in Ireland and in England, having in 1918 been appointed Assistant Surgeon to Sir Patrick Dun's Hospital, Dublin. He was also appointed Demonstrator of Bacteriology at Trinity College, Dublin, and was Chief Demonstrator of Anatomy at the Dublin School of Physic.

He practised at 93 Lower Baggot Street, and had to all appearances a successful career before him in the Irish capital; but the Irish Free State and the methods of those who strove for its formation were both so distasteful to him as an Ulsterman that he threw up his appointment, settled at Epsom in partnership with another of his compatriots, William Napier, FRCSI, and was appointed Surgeon to St Anthony's Hospital, Cheam. At the time of his death he was also Surgeon to the Epsom and Ewell Cottage Hospital, Surgeon Specialist to the Ministry of Pensions, and Vice-President of the Dublin University Biological Society.

He has been described by a former colleague as in many ways a typical Irishman; impulsive, even hot-headed, generous, humorous, and above all eminently human. He died quite suddenly on March 7th, 1927, and was survived by his widow and one young child. He practised at 3 Ladbroke Road, Epsom.

"Adenoma of Small Intestine, with Intussusception" (with G M KENDALL). - Brit. Jour. Surg., 1925, xii, 617.

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