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Biographical entry Hudson, Charles Elliot Leopold Barton (1862 - 1897)

MRCS Jan 28th 1884; FRCS Jan 19th 1888; LRCP Lond Jan 28th 1884; LSA 1883.

27 December 1862
29 March 1897
General surgeon


Leopold Hudson, as he was generally called, born on Dec 27th, 1862, was the second son of James Elliot Leopold Hudson, of Bungay, Suffolk, and belonged to an ancient family tracing back to Saxon times. Dr Matthew Hudson, author of the Philosophy of Medicine, was his great-great-grandfather. His father was one of the twelve survivors of the wreck of the Colborne off the coast of New Brunswick in 1838, when he and one of his brothers escaped by being lashed to a tallow barrel, whilst his father and mother - Captain and Mrs Hudson - with nine other children were drowned.

Leopold Hudson was taught at home, then apprenticed to Edward B Adams, of Bungay, until his eighteenth year, when he entered Middlesex Hospital in October, 1880. He there showed exceptional brilliancy, winning many class prizes, the Governor's Prize 1882-1883 and the Senior Brodrip Scholarship 1883-1884. At the Hospital Society he took the prize for debating in 1883-1884, was Vice-President in 1887-1888, and was President at the time of his death. Through his efforts various Hospital Clubs were amalgamated, and he became Hon Secretary of the amalgamation.

In the Hospital he held the posts of. House Physician under Dr Cayley, and of House Surgeon under J W Hulke (qv). He was successively Surgical Registrar, 1890-1893; Pathologist and Curator of the Museum, 1887-1890; Teacher of Pathological Histology; Demonstrator of Physiology; Warden of the Hospital College in 1887; and Surgical Tutor. He was elected Assistant Surgeon in 1895, having been Surgeon to the Aural Department from 1893. In addition to his posts at the Middlesex Hospital, he acted as Assistant Surgeon to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street; was Secretary of the Royal Commission on Tuberculosis, 1890-1895; Secretary to the Committee on Swine Fever under the Board of Agriculture; Surgeon Captain of the Middlesex Yeomanry and Army Medical Reserve; Teacher at the Voluntary Ambulance School of Instruction. He was also a zealous Freemason. For ten years he reported meetings of Medical Societies for the Lancet. A fluent speaker, he was in much request at election meetings.

In September, 1896, he became unwell as if from chill and fatigue, upon which a variable paraplegia supervened, which after months terminated in hemiplegia, coma, and death on March 29th, 1897. On post-mortem examination calculi were found in both kidneys with suppurative nephritis, there was very little change in the spinal cord, and a cerebral haemorrhage without much disease of the cerebral vessels. The body was cremated at Woking. He married at the beginning of 1895 Miss Ethel Vaughan Morgan, and moved to 16 Harley Street, where two sons were born, the second six weeks before his father's death.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1897, I, 995. Middlesex Hosp Jour, 1897, I, 118, with portrait at page 83].

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