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Biographical entry Hardie, James (1841 - 1909)

MRCS Dec 14th 1882; FRCS Dec 14th 1882; LRCS Edin 1862; MD Edin 1862.

Tyninghame, East Lothian, UK
27 March 1909
Manchester, UK
General surgeon


Born at Tyninghame, East Lothian; attended the Edinburgh High School, and in 1857 entered the University while Syme was Professor of Surgery - with Lister assisting and commencing his original work. A cousin being in practice in Cheshire may have led Hardie in 1863 to settle in practice at Harpurhey, Manchester. He was soon appointed Surgeon to the small Clinical Hospital for Women and Children which subsequently became the Manchester Northern Hospital. He was next elected Visiting Surgeon, at a salary, to the Manchester Poor Law Township Hospital, and he took an active part in organizing a new hospital for over a thousand patients at Crumpsall.

An ardent follower of Lister, he had given much attention to surgery, and in 1876 published a paper on the treatment of club-foot. Although not yet a FRCS, he was elected Assistant Surgeon to the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and soon afterwards Surgeon to the London and North-Western Railway. He was elected Surgeon to the Infirmary on the retirement of Edward Lund (qv) and was actively engaged in the duties of that post until 1901, when he became Consulting Surgeon.

He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1894 and took a prominent part in the affairs of the College until 1902. Whilst an active member of the Edinburgh University Club his advocacy of an extramural system of teaching such as existed in Edinburgh did not meet with acceptance in Manchester; neither did his proposal to rebuild the Infirmary on the original site, on plans drawn up for a Gothic building by the architect of the Marischal College, Aberdeen, gain the day.

Hardie died at 15 St John Street, Manchester, on March 27th, 1909. He married Miss Young, daughter of a well-known surgical instrument maker in Edinburgh, who survived him. Their only son died before him. There is a portrait of Hardie in the Manchester Students' Gazette, 1909.

"On the Pathology of Club-foot." - Brit. And For. Med.-Chir. Rev., 1871, xlvii, 477.
"On some Cases of Burn Cicatrix treated by the Tagliacotian Operation, which included Transplantation of the Terminal Phalanx of the Little Finger to restore the Bridge of the Nose." - Liverpool and Manchester Med. And Surg. Rep., 1874.
"On the Treatment of Dupuytren's Contracture of the Fingers." (He excised the fascia by an open operation.) - Med. Chron., Manchester, 1884-5, I, 6.

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