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Biographical entry Pope, Harry Campbell (1849 - 1906)

MRCS May 2nd 1871; FRCS June 8th 1876; LSA 1871; MB Lond (Hons) 1873; BS 1874; MD 1878.

Tring, Hertfordshire
2 January 1906
General surgeon


Born at Tring, Hertfordshire, the only son of Edward Pope, MRCS, in practice there. He went to school at Haileybury, and then studied medicine at Liverpool and was Resident Clinical Assistant to Edward Bickersteth (qv) at the Royal Infirmary. He passed to University College Hospital, was for a year House Surgeon at the Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich, and for four years Medical Tutor and Demonstrator of Anatomy at Queen's College, Birmingham.

In 1876 he married and settled in practice at Shepherd's Bush, London, where he acquired a large practice and developed an active interest in the public medical questions of the time. He took an active part in founding the West London Medico-Chirurgical Society, and was successively Secretary, Editor of its Proceedings, Vice-President, and in 1889 its President. For a time he was Hon Secretary of the Medical Defence Union, a Vice-President, and continued a Member of Council until his death. In 1903, under the new constitution of the British Medical Association, he became the first chairman of the Kensington Division with its 400 members. He was also District Medical Officer to the London County Council, and Physician to the Jewish Rescue Home.

Pope had a good baritone voice, sang in the choir of St Luke's Church, Uxbridge Road, and played the piano and organ. As a practitioner he was genial and shrewd; he spoke well, with weight and humour.

He had practised at 6 Ashchurch Grove and at Bromsgrove Villa, 280 Goldhawk Road, Shepherd's Bush, where he died suddenly from heart trouble on Jan 2nd, 1906, and was buried in Hammersmith Cemetery. He left a widow, four daughters, and two sons, the eldest then a student at St Mary's Hospital. There is a good portrait of him in the West London Journal (1906, xi, 77). A Campbell Pope Memorial Fund was set on foot in May, 1906.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1906, i, 265. Brit Med Jour, 1906, i, 116].

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