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Biographical entry Pronger, Charles Ernest ( - 1926)

MRCS Jan 27th 1876; FRCS June 11th 1891; LRCP Jan 27th 1876.

2 April 1926
Ophthalmic surgeon


Studied at St Thomas's Hospital, where he became Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy. He was in general practice at Barnstaple and was Surgeon to the Barnstaple and North Devon Infirmary. He moved to Harrogate in 1892 and practised as an ophthalmic surgeon; he was Ophthalmic Surgeon to the Harrogate Infirmary, to the Yorkshire Home for Chronic and Incurable Diseases, and to the Northern Police Orphanage. He originated the Eye Department at the Infirmary and raised funds for that purpose. In particular he studied small errors of refraction, holding that individuals with minor degrees of refraction suffered more eye-strain than those with grosser errors. He was one of the first in the country to emphasize the importance of their recognition and correction. He died at Litchdow, East Parade, Harrogate, on April 2nd, 1926, and was survived by his widow.

"Slight Errors of Refraction." - Lancet, 1905, i, 1573.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1926, i, 791. Brit Med Jour, 1926, i, 886].

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