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Biographical entry Mordey, William (1803 - 1863)

MRCS March 4th 1825; FRCS (by election) May 9th 1861; LSA 1824; JP.

Born
1803
Died
15 September 1863
Sunderland
Occupation
General surgeon

Details

The son of Thomas Mordey, shipowner; studied at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals and afterwards in Paris. He commenced practice in Sunderland in 1826, when he became well known during the cholera epidemic of 1831-1832. He had charge of the Cholera Hospital and was generally praised for the good service rendered. During a further epidemic of cholera in Sunderland in 1848-1849 he was again of service acting as Cholera Surgeon to Sunderland and Hartlepool, and as Quarantine Medical Officer.

For twenty-five years he was Surgeon to the Sunderland Infirmary. He served as a Magistrate and Alderman, distinguishing himself by promoting sanitary improvements, and in forming the People's Park. A sufferer from gout, which ran in his family, he sustained a compound fracture of the leg, which impaired his health. He had an apoplectic seizure and died on the following day, Sept 15th, 1863, at 59 John Street, Sunderland.

Publication:
History and Medical Treatment of Cholera, as it appeared in Sunderland in 1831 (with W HASLEWOOD), 8vo, London, 1832.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England