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Biographical entry Paget, Thomas ( - 1875)

MRCS Dec 4th 1818; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; LSA 1818.

April 1875
General surgeon and Ophthalmic surgeon


Educated at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals. He was at one time Surgeon, and then Senior Surgeon, to the Leicester Infirmary, having retired from this post some seven or eight years before his death, at which time he was Surgeon to the County Lunatic Asylum. He was a well-known figure locally, a good, clearheaded practitioner, an excellent operator, being equally successful as an ophthalmologist and as a lithotomist. He ranked with Martineau, Dalrymple, and Crichton, and, in common with other Leicester surgeons, preferred the median operation in cutting for stone. No one in the county of Leicester of his time in any surgical dilemma felt quite satisfied until he had had the benefit of the opinion of 'Tom Paget', as he was often called.

He was the first provincial surgeon to be elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons, of which he was a Member from 1862-1870. He was a leading Unitarian and resided at Queensborough, Leicester, and died in April, 1875. His photograph, a characteristic one, is in the College Collection.

"On an Operation for Pervious Urachus with Stillicidium Urinae." - Med-Chir Trans, 1861, xliv, 13.
"Retention of Urine, with Paracentesis Vesicae above Pubes, and Permanent Tube in lieu of Perineal Section." - Brit Med Jour, 1859, 526, and 1864, ii, 213, etc.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1875, I, 525].

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