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Biographical entry Harris, James Penn (1817 - 1892)

MRCS May 3rd 1841; FRCS May 12th 1852; LSA 1841.

2 May 1817
West Cowes, Isle of Wight
20 May 1892
General surgeon


Born at West Cowes, Isle of Wight, on May 2nd, 1817. After an apprenticeship he studied at University College Hospital in Liston's time, John Marshall being a fellow-student and friend. He commenced in Liverpool as House Surgeon to the old Northern Hospital in Leeds Street; then he practised, first in Clarence Street, and afterwards in Rodney Street. He acted as Surgeon to St Anne's Dispensary, the Ear and Eye Institute, and the Asylum for Orphan Boys. At the St Anne's Dispensary, subsequently known as the Liverpool Eastern Dispen¬sary, he had as colleague John Nottingham, who became Surgeon to the Royal Southern Hospital. He was besides a member of the Medical Institute, a Fellow of the Liverpool Northern Medical Society, and a member of the Royal Archaeological Institute of London. In connection with these societies he published addresses which he had delivered.

Some three years before his death he was seized with a severe illness in Naples, perhaps typhoid fever. He retired from practice and died on May 20th, 1892, after a long and painful illness. He was survived by his widow, but there was no issue of the marriage. There is a photograph of him in the Fellows' Album. He is described as a tall and handsome man, reserved and retiring in disposition, but courteous in manner and of much personal dignity.

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