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Biographical entry Killick, Charles (1875 - 1923)

MRCS July 25th 1900; FRCS June 1st 1905; MA MB BCh Cantab 1901; MD 1907; LRCP Lond 1900.

28 December 1875
27 April 1923
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born at Bradford on Dec 28th, 1875, the second son of Henry Fison Killick, of Rawdon, Leeds, he came of a well-known professional family. He was educated at Rawdon School and at Bradford Grammar School, entering Trinity College, Cambridge, as a Pensioner June 13th, 1893, and graduating with honours in the Natural Science Tripos (1896). In 1897 he gained a University Scholarship at St Mary's Hospital, where he took up ophthalmology almost from the first and became Junior Ophthalmic Clinical Assistant. He was next appointed Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Bucks Hospital, and later settled in ophthalmic practice in Maidstone, where he spent a number of years and was House Surgeon, and at the time of his death Consulting Surgeon, to the Kent County Ophthalmic Hospital. In spite of his success in Kent, he found that the heavy climate of the banks of the Medway was not sufficiently bracing for his children. Accordingly he returned to Bradford, and was appointed Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Eye and Ear Hospital and also Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Royal Infirmary. He had already gained the respect of his colleagues in Bradford when he infected his finger while examining an eye patient, and died within nine days of septicaemia. His death occurred at his residence, 14 Springbank Place, Bradford, on April 27th, 1923. He was survived by his widow and young children. He had practised at 103 Manningham Lane in partnership with Dr Andrew Little.

During the European War (1914-1918) Killick was Ophthalmic Specialist to the Eastern Command, with the rank of Captain RAMC. He was much of a student, greatly preferring literary and scientific studies to outdoor recreation. His geniality and mental alertness as well as his great medical abilities made him universally popular in Bradford. For some years before his early death he became interested in Freemasonry.

Killick contributed constantly to the medical journals, and made it his chief hobby to translate French and other foreign ophthalmic works. His publications include:
Short History of the Kent County Ophthalmic Hospital.
"Case of Perforated Wound of the Eye." - Brit Med Jour, 1909, ii, 1671.
"Interesting Case of Congenital Cataract." - Ibid, 1910, i, 318.
"A Year's Record of Cataract Extraction." - Ophthalmoscope, 1913, xi, 11.
"Post-operative Complications of Cataract Extraction." - Trans Ophthalmol Soc, 1914, xxxiv, 62.
"Prevention and Treatment of Ophthalmia Neonatorum." - Ibid, 1920, xl, 112.
"Idiopathic Detachment of the Retina." - Brit Jour Ophthalmol, 1921, v, 54.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Admissions to Trinity College, Cambridge, v, 963. Lancet, 1923, i, 982. Brit Med Jour, 1923, i, 838].

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