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Biographical entry Jackson, Henry (1806 - 1866)

MRCS Sept 17th 1830; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; LSA 1830.

November 1806
24 June 1866
General surgeon


Born in November, 1806, the only son of Henry Jackson, a distinguished surgeon of Sheffield; he was himself well educated and followed his father as a prominent surgeon in large practice in Sheffield. He was a pupil of William Staniforth, junr, in 1825, and was elected Surgeon to the Sheffield General Infirmary on Sept 10th, 1832, "after a sharp contest", says the minute, in succession to John Favell. He offered to lecture on clinical surgery at the infirmary in 1834. The offer was declined, but eventually he became Lecturer on Surgery in the Sheffield Medical School. He was also a bibliophile, an antiquarian, interested in local topography, and well acquainted with the progress of science. He presided when Richard Owen lectured to the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical Society in 1858.

He had kept the existence of a right popliteal aneurysm to himself in spite of pain, and was in active discharge of his surgical duty at the infirmary on June 22nd when he was forced to return home exhausted. Hey, of Leeds, was called in consultation, and W Favell the same day amputated in the presence of Jackson's colleagues. He died two days later, on June 24th, 1866, at his house in St James's Row, Sheffield, where his father had lived before him. He married Miss Swettenham, sister of Mrs Overend. His eldest son, Henry, was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and lectured on Greek philosophy; the second son, Arthur (d1895), was Surgeon to the Sheffield Infirmary. A subscription bust by William Ellis was presented to the infirmary in January, 1860.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Snell's History of the Sheffield General Infirmary, Sheffield, 1897].

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