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Biographical entry Harrinson, Isaac (1810 - 1888)

MRCS May 5th 1834; FRCS March 11th 1857.

26 June 1888
General surgeon


Educated at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals. He settled in practice at Reading in 1839 in partnership with George May (qv). He acquired an extensive practice, being specially skilled in midwifery, and from a large income devoted much to benefactions and charities. He erected the north aisle of St Mary's Church, and induced the Corporation to carry out important improvements at St Mary's Butts. He helped to rebuild the Town Hall with a subscription of £1000, and to restore the Almshouses. He was one of the founders and an enthusiastic supporter of the Reading Pathological Society, and was the first President in 1885. He was also a Fellow of the London Obstetrical Society. He died of pneumonia at his house in Castle Street, Reading, on June 26th, 1888, and his funeral was largely attended by his fellow-townsmen. His portrait in the Borough Council Chamber and a cross in St Mary's Churchyard keep alive the memory of a benefactor to Reading. There is also a photograph of him in old age in Dr Jamieson B Hurry's History of Reading.

"Statistics of Fever in 2000 Consecutive Cases of Labour." - Brit. Med. Jour., 1875, ii, 39.

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