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Biographical entry Maynard, Frederic Pinsent (1864 - 1921)

MRCS April 28th 1885; FRCS Dec 13th 1900; LRCP Lond April 28th 1885; MB Durham (Hons) 1885; DPH 1890.

Preston, Lancashire
30 September 1921
Audlem, Cheshire
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born at Preston, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Maynard; studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital and the Universities of Durham, Paris, W├╝rzburg, and Bonn. He was House Surgeon at the Newcastle Infirmary and Clinical Assistant at the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital. Proceeding to Netley, he passed out third on the list, at the age of 23 in 1887, into the Indian Army, and won the Montefiore Prize in 1888.

He was first attached to the Allahabad Station, then in succession was Medical Officer of the Baleuch-Afghan Boundary Commission, transferred to cholera duty at Kohat, placed in medical charge of the 27th Punjab Infantry at Bareilly, of the Gurkhas at Kaludanda, and of the 13th Brigade of Infantry at Dinapore. In 1905 he became Professor of Ophthalmic Surgery at the Medical College, Calcutta, and Ophthalmic Surgeon to its Hospital, and was Surgical Superintendent of the Mayo Hospital. He practised in Calcutta at 13 Harington Street, and retired from the Indian Medical Service in 1920.

On returning to England he lived at Audlem, Cheshire, and practised as an ophthalmic surgeon in Crewe, holding the appointment of Oculist to the Cheshire County Council. As a proof of continued energy, shortly before his death he went to Barcelona to witness Professor Barraquer's revival of cataract suction under the name of phacoerisis by means of a cupping glass and vibratory suction. He died at Audlem of double septic pneumonia on Sept 30th, 1921, and was buried there. He was survived by his widow, a son, and a daughter.

Maynard was the author of two text-books of ophthalmology for Indian students:
A Manual of Ophthalmic Operations, 1908.
Manual of Ophthalmic Practice, the 2nd edition of the former, 1920.
He also published a number of ophthalmological papers, including an "Analysis of 1000 Cataract Extractions." - Indian Med Gaz, 1903, xxxviii, 41.
In India he edited the Indian Medical Gazette for 1898, vol xxxiii, and when in England was assistant editor of the Ophthalmic Review and of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit Med Jour, 1921, ii, 724. Barraquer's erisiphae and phacoerisis are described in the Annales d'Oculistiques, 1922, clix, 316, 481].

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