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Biographical entry Kent, Hugh Braund (1882 - 1925)

MRCS July 30th 1908; FRCS Dec 13th 1923; MB BS Lond 1908; MS 1919; LRCP Lond 1908.

24 November 1925
Tongshan, China
General surgeon


The fourth son of Horace Kent, barrister-at-law. He was educated at Oxford High School and received his professional training at Guy's Hospital, where he was several times a prizeman. He became Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy in 1906, of Operative Surgery in 1908, and Clinical Assistant in 1909. In 1906 he was Prosector at the Royal College of Surgeons. He was appointed in 1909 Medical Officer to the West African Medical Staff, being compelled by circumstances to make his own living. He went on service to South Nigeria. In 1911 he crossed to China, being appointed a Medical Officer to the Imperial Railways of North China, and residing at Tongshan, where he was Principal Medical Officer of the Kailan Mining Administration and the Chinese Pekin-Mukden Railway. When Kent took over this work in July, 1910, there was a hospital for foreign residents and for the Chinese at Tongshan, but it was by no means fully equipped for the practice of modern medicine and surgery. When he died the hospital had been greatly extended and thoroughly fitted out for work of almost every kind. To effect such an improvement the co-operation and support of his employers were, of course, essential, but it was Kent's initiative, perseverance, and recognized ability which ensured that they were freely given. In his relations with the Chinese he was remarkably successful, and he so won their confidence as even to overcome their prejudices against surgical operation. The money required for the hospital's X-ray apparatus was subscribed, mostly in small sums, by the Chinese themselves. Fifteen years is a short time in which to establish a reputation as a first-class surgeon, yet Kent did it. During the last thirteen years of his life he suffered from severe recurrent illness, but seemed thereby to be braced to new effort. In 1919 and 1923 he obtained leave to come home and work for the MS and FRCS, both of which he obtained. He died at Tongshan, North China, on Nov 24th, 1925, being survived by his widow.

"Case of Subperiosteal Lipoma of the Femur." - Brit Med Jour, 1913, i, 444.

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