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Biographical entry Hey, Samuel (1815 - 1888)

MRCS April 27th 1838; FRCS June 28th 1855; LSA 1837.

22 August 1815
21 January 1888
General surgeon


Born on Aug 22nd, 1815, the son of the Rev Samuel Hey, Vicar of Ashbrook, Derbyshire, and grandson of William Hey I, of Leeds, who was active in founding the Leeds Infirmary in 1767 and was Senior Surgeon from 1773-1812. His mother was Margaret, daughter of William Gray, of York. At the age of 16 he became a pupil of his uncle, William Hey II, second son of William Hey I. He studied later at University College and St George's Hospitals, and had as teachers Sharpey, Samuel Cooper, and Benjamin Brodie. He spent three further years in Paris and German hospitals, and could afterwards speak French and German fairly well.

About 1840 he returned to Leeds and joined his cousin, William Hey III (qv), son of William Hey II, in his practice. The foundation of a Medical School at Leeds was first mooted by William Hey II, and Samuel Hey attended the first lecture formally delivered in the School, where he became Teacher of Surgery as well as Lecturer on Physiology and Treasurer. He was appointed Surgeon to the Leeds Infirmary in 1851, being distinguished by the kindness and gentleness with which he carried out his duties. He was a man of much personal charm, an admirable host and after-dinner speaker. He became Consulting Surgeon to the Infirmary, and died at 1 North Hill Road, Headingley, Leeds, on Jan 21st, 1888. He was twice married and left four children, a son and three daughters. His portrait is in the Fellows' Album.

"Removal of a Large Prostatic Calculus." - Brit Med Jour, 1863, ii, 59.
"Beneficial Results of Undesigned Haemorrhage in Certain Cases." -Ibid, 1869, ii, 249.

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