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Biographical entry O'Shaughnessy, Richard (1812 - 1889)

MRCS March 13th 1835; FRCS (by election) Aug 26th 1844.

13 April 1889
General surgeon


Born at Limerick, the son of a merchant. He entered the Uncovenanted Medical Service of Bengal in 1837 and continued in it until 1841, when on Dec 4th he joined the Bengal Army as Assistant Surgeon, being promoted to Surgeon on Oct 9th, 1855. He saw active service in the First Sikh or Sutlej War of 1845-1846.

He was appointed Demonstrator of Anatomy on Feb 1st, 1837, and held office till 1841, when he was appointed Lecturer on Surgical Anatomy, in the Medical College of Bengal at Calcutta. He was Professor of Surgery from 1845-1859, and at the same time acted as Superintendent of the Gurrunhallah Dispensary. He retired on May 4th, 1860, and died on April 13th, 1889.

He was an authority on the diseases and surgery of the jaws, and published interesting writings on tumours of the jaws as observed by him in his work at the Dispensary under the Governors of the Native Hospital.

"Case of Enormous Tumour of the Upper Jaw," 8vo, with remarkable coloured plates, Calcutta, 1838; reprinted from Quart Jour of Calcutta Med and Physiol Soc, 1838, ii, 1.
On Diseases of the Jaws, with a Brief Outline of their Surgical Anatomy, and a Description of the Operations for their Extirpation and Amputation, with Cases and Illustrations, 8vo, plates, Calcutta, 1844.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Crawford's History of the Indian Medical Service, ii, 96, 439].

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