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Biographical entry Glendinning, Bryden (1880 - 1927)

MRCS Dec 10th 1908; FRCS Dec 10th 1908; MB BS Durham 1903; MS 1909.

Dunedin, New Zealand
19 May 1927
Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, UK
General surgeon


Born at Dunedin, New Zealand. Coming to England in 1898, he became a student at Guy's Hospital, where he held house appointments in 1903-1904 under Sir William Arbuthnot Lane and was House Surgeon. He then studied medicine in Paris and became Resident Surgeon at the Hertford British Hospital. He accompanied the Queen of Spain to Madrid on the occasion of her marriage, and afterwards remained in Spain as her personal medical attendant for about two years. After his return to England he worked under Comyns Berkeley and Victor Bonney, and was appointed Pathologist, and later Assistant Surgeon, to the Chelsea Hospital for Women. In 1911 he was also elected to a Walter Emden Research Scholarship in the Cancer Research Laboratories at the Middlesex Hospital. During his three years' tenure of this scholarship he wrote nine papers, nearly all of which were on the subject of malignant disease in its relation to gynaecology. The most important was that on the spread of carcinoma by the Fallopian tube, in which he put forward a view as to the invasion of the Fallopian tube by carcinoma from the uterus and ovary. He adduced evidence that it may be brought about by cancer cells which, coming in contact with the fimbriae or being swept into the lumen, engraft themselves upon the columnar cells and thence travel to deeper parts. He saw, however, that the possibility of lymphatic permeation from the ovarian growths could not be entirely excluded.

He also acted as Obstetric Tutor and Registrar at the Middlesex Hospital, and was elected Gynaecological Surgeon to the Hampstead General and North-West London Hospitals in 1912, though he did not relinquish his research work.

His health broke down late in 1913, but he resumed active work in 1914 both at Chelsea and Hampstead, and, with the advent of the Great War, was appointed Surgeon to the Duchess of Bedford's War Hospital of 102 beds in Woburn Abbey and Woburn Cottage Hospital. He was here confronted with work of a general surgical character and had full scope for the display of his peculiar genius for combining diagnostic acumen with operative skill. He was a bold operator, not hesitating to undertake what his pathological knowledge told him was necessary; yet in actual manipulations a lightness and sureness of touch was shown in everything he did.

Late in 1916 his health once more broke down and he had to rest for some months, but he was at work again in 1917, and continued to act as Surgeon at the Woburn War Hospital till its closure in 1920 and at the Woburn Cottage Hospital till 1925. Early in that year failing health compelled him to retire from active work of any kind.

He died at Woodcote, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, on May 19th, 1927. He was survived by his widow, who was a daughter of Captain G E Hodgson, of the 44th Regiment, and by an only son.

"Spread of Cancer by the Fallopian Tube." - Jour Obst and Gynaecol, 1910, xvii, 24.
"Malignant Disease of the Ovaries: a Statistical Study." - Arch Middlesex Hosp Cancer Lab, 1909, xv, 50.
"Extension of Sarcoma in Pelvic Regions of the Female." - Ibid, 1910, xix, 82.
"Ossifying Fibromyoma invaded by Carcinoma Corporis Uteri." - Ibid, 94.
"Adenomatosis Vaginae: a hitherto Undescribed Condition" (with Victor BONNEY) - Proc Roy Soc Med (Obstet Sect), 1910-11, iv, 18.
"Fibro-adenoma of Ovarian Fimbriae and the Question of Accessory Ovary." - Ibid (Obstet Sect), 1911-12, v, 271.
"Catheterisation of Ureter in Pyelitis of Pregnancy." - Arch Middlesex Hosp Clin Rep, 1911, viii, 21.
"Gynaecology and Obstetrics" in Rendle Short's Index of Prognosis and End-results of Treatment, 1915.

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