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Biographical entry Phillips, Llewellyn Caractacus Powell (1871 - 1927)

MRCS July 30th 1894; FRCS Dec 9th 1897; LRCP Lond July 30th 1894; MRCP 1903; FRCP 1909; BA Cantab 1892; MB BCh 1895; MA 1896; MD 1903.

28 July 1871
Tir Caradoc Taibach, Glamorganshire, Wales
January 1927
Cairo, Egypt
General surgeon and Physician


The only son of James Mathias Phillips, MD, and of Mary Anne Powell, his wife; born at Tir Caradoc Taibach, Glamorganshire, on July 28th, 1871. He was educated at Epsom College and was admitted a pensioner at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, on Oct 1st, 1889. Here he was a scholar from midsummer, 1891, to midsummer, 1892. He graduated BA after gaining a 1st class in the first part of the Natural Science Tripos in 1892, having been awarded the Smart Prize for botany in 1891. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and was an Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy in the Medical School after acting as House Surgeon. After acting as House Physician at the Royal Free Hospital, he practised for a time in Cardigan, and in 1901 was appointed Resident Surgical Officer at Kasr-el-Aini Hospital, Cairo. Subsequently he became Physician to the Hospital and Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Medical School until he retired in 1925. He acquired a large practice, both native and European, for at the beginning he made an excellent impression by his fine work during a cholera epidemic.

During the War (1914-1918), in the Gallipoli Campaign, he served as Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel RAMC in Command of the British Red Cross Hospital at Giza, his wife acting as Matron. He was four times mentioned in dispatches, and received the 3rd class Ottoman Order of the Medjidie and the 3rd class Order of the Nile.

He made a remarkable collection of old Arab glass weights and coins, and died at his house in Cairo in January, 1927.

Phillips published important papers on Tropical Medicine including:-
"Phlebotomus Fever" in Bryan and Archibald's Practice of Medicine in the Tropics, v Amoebiasis and the Dysenteries, 8vo, London, 1915.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1927, i, 364. Brit Med Jour, 1927, i, 83. Biographical History of Gonville and Caius College, ii, 509].

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