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Biographical entry Kelly, Charles Ernest Mackenzie ( - 1910)

MRCS July 30th 1891; FRCS June 10th 1897; LRCP Lond 1891; MB BS Lond 1896; MD 1897; MS 1898.

28 March 1910
General surgeon


The second son of Canon Kelly, of Manchester; educated at Owens College. For a time he held various posts in London, being District Surgeon to the City of London Lying-in Hospital; Surgeon to the Invalid Home for Incurables, Aubert Park; and Surgeon to the Holloway and North Islington Dispensary. He settled in practice at Witney, Oxfordshire, about the year 1899, and had then also passed the examination for the MRCP Lond, but owing to the restrictions in force never received the diploma. In a modest but interesting unsigned communication to the Lancet Kelly explained the great success which had marked his examination course, for all his numerous honours, degrees, and diplomas were earned after he was a fully qualified man and in practice. His contention was that the higher tests need have no terrors for the postgraduate student if he has behind him a sound general education, and if he can bring stern method into the conduct of his studies. [His unsigned letter is in the Lancet, 1910, i, 1036]

Kelly was extremely popular at Witney, where during eleven years he identified himself with useful local movements. At the time of his death he was Medical Officer and Public Vaccinator of the Witney District and Workhouse, an Assistant Medical Inspector of Schools to the Witney and East Burford Division of Oxfordshire, a Certifying Factory Surgeon, and a Medical Officer to the Great Western Railway. He was also Deputy Coroner for the Western Division of Oxfordshire. He died at Witney on March 28th, 1910, from an overdose of morphia administered by himself with the object of relieving pain and procuring sleep, and was buried at Ashton-under-Lyne. He was survived by his widow and a daughter.

"Scirrhus Mammae beginning in the Axilla." - Lancet, 1898, i, 859.
"Colloid Carcinoma of Breast." - Trans Pathol Soc 1898, xlix, 303, and Lancet, 1898, i, 1117.

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