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Biographical entry Page, Frederick (junior) (1840 - 1919)

MRCS May 6th 1868; FRCS (elected as a Member of twenty years' standing) April 5th 1900; Hon MA Durham 1888; Hon DCL 1888; MD Edin 1868; JP for the City and County of Newcastle.

3 July 1919
General surgeon


Son of Frederick Page, senr (qv). He was educated at a private school and at the University of Edinburgh, being for a time Resident Physician at the Royal Infirmary. He then went out to Western Australia, and held office at the Colonial Hospital, Perth.

In 1870 he was appointed House Surgeon at the old Newcastle Infirmary, and on quitting this post in 1874 was the recipient of many presents from patients and friends. He became associated with Septimus Raine, Surgeon to the North-Eastern Railway Company, whose jurisdiction was a wide one, extending from Berwick to Yorkshire. He was thus frequently brought into public notice. In a few years' time he was appointed Surgeon to the Newcastle Infirmary, where he found the opportunities for which he had waited. He shone as a skilful and quick operator, whose results were excellent, and as a successful teacher both in the wards of the Infirmary and in the College of Medicine, where for several years he was Lecturer on Medical Jurisprudence. He prepared his lectures carefully, basing them on experience. On the death of Professor G Yeoman Heath (qv), he and Professor William C Arnison were appointed joint Professors of Surgery. Page was nothing if not dogmatic, and to this circumstance he owed much of his success as a teacher, but it sometimes brought him into conflict with his colleagues.

He acted as an Examiner in Surgery in the University of Edinburgh, and at the time of his death was Consulting Surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; of the Thomas Knight Memorial Hospital, Blyth; of the Borough Lunatic Asylum; the Fleming Memorial Hospital for Children; the Hospital for Diseases of Women, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; the Hospital for Diseases of the Throat and Ear; and the Northumberland, Durham, and Newcastle Infirmary for Diseases of the Eye. He was also Emeritus Professor of Surgery at the University of Durham; Chairman of the Visiting Committee of Justices, HM Prison, Newcastle; Chairman of Discharged Prisoners' Aid Society; Registrar of the University of Durham College of Medicine; and Representative of the College of Medicine in Armstrong College, Newcastle. He was a member of the Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh.

In private life Page's tastes were literary and dramatic; in Newcastle and the North of England he was widely known as a distinguished surgeon.

After a few years of indifferent health he died at his residence, 20 Victoria Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, on July 3rd, 1919, and was buried in Jesmond Old Cemetery, being predeceased in 1876 by Mrs Page, who was the daughter of Mr John Graham and niece of Professor Graham, FRS, the well-known chemist, at one time Master of the Mint. They were survived by a married daughter in Australia and by one son, Colonel Cuthbert Page, RA.

Page contributed frequently to the medical journals, his articles, like his lectures, being concise and to the point. As he was House Surgeon in the Infirmary in the early days of Listerism he was able to compare old with new methods, and published:-
The Results of the Major Amputations Treated Antiseptically in the Newcastle Infirmary, 1878-98.
Surgery of the Thyroid Gland
"Case of Dislocation without Fracture of the Ilium." - Lancet, 1870, ii, 202.
"Successful Case of Pyloroplasty" (with J Limont). - Ibid, 1892, ii, 84.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1919, ii, 129].

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