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Biographical entry Madden, Frank Cole (1873 - 1929)

OBE; CMG 1929; MRCS Nov 12th 1896; FRCS March 10th 1898; MB ChB Melbourne (Hons) 1893; MD 1904.

2 March 1873
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
26 April 1929
Cairo, Egypt
General surgeon


Born in Melbourne on March 2nd, 1873, the son of D H Madden, of Sydney, New South Wales; educated at the Scotch College, Melbourne, and Melbourne University, where he graduated MB ChB with honours in 1893 and MD in 1904. He served as Senior House Surgeon and Medical Superintendent at the Melbourne Hospital in 1894, and then came to London, entered St Mary's Hospital, and gained an exhibition in surgery and gynaecology, the Beaney Scholarship in Surgery, and was proxime accessit for the Beaney Scholarship in Pathology.

Between 1895 and 1898 he was House Surgeon and Medical Superintendent at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. He then proceeded to Egypt as Assistant Surgeon to the Kasr-el-Aini Hospital at Cairo. In due course he became full Surgeon; Professor of Surgery at the Royal School of Medicine; Medical Officer to the Victoria Deaconess Hospital, to the Anglo-American Hospital; Medical Officer to HE the High Commissioner for Egypt, and to the British Consulate; Medical Referee to the Egyptian State Railways and the Eastern Telegraph Company. During the European War he was attached to the Egyptian Expeditionary Force from 1915-1918 and was Civil Surgeon in charge of various military hospitals and the Red Cross Hospital, Cairo. At the time of his death Madden was Rector of the State University, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Kasr-el-Aini Hospital and Medical School, Consulting Surgeon to the Kasr-el-Aini Hospital, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Cairo. Having previously been decorated OBE for his services during the War he was created a CMG in 1929.

During the whole of his professional career Madden was an active member of the British Medical Association, and served as President of the Egyptian Branch from 1924-1925, its representative in 1926, and a member of the Egyptian Branch Council from 1926-1928. He was especially interested in tropical surgery and schistosomiasis. He married in 1900 Madeline, the daughter of Dr William Cox, of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, a niece of Edmund Owen (qv), and by her had two sons and two daughters. He died at Cairo by his own hand on April 26th, 1929.

Madden was a man of boundless energy who did much to raise the standard of practical surgery and medical education in Egypt. He withstood successfully the claim that medicine should be taught in Arabic at a time when text-books in that language were lacking. Conscientious to a fault, his industry and devotion to duty were an example to all with whom he was brought in contact. He took an active part in the public life of Cairo both as a tennis player at the Gezira Club and as a member of the Turf Club.

Bilharziosis, 1904.
The Surgery of Egypt, 1919.
Articles on "Schistosomiasis" in Choyce's System of Surgery, 1923, and in Byam and Archibald's Practice of Medicine in the Tropics, 1921.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 1929, April 27].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England