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Biographical entry Puzey, Chauncey (1841 - 1916)

MRCS July 31st 1863; FRCS (elected as a Member of twenty years' standing) April 12th 1894; LRCP Lond 1864; LM LSA 1864.

24 November 1841
10 October 1916
General surgeon


Born on Nov 24th, 1841, the son of Thomas Puzey, head cashier of the Bank of England, a familiar name appearing on the banknotes of the period, and of Elizabeth Anne his wife. He entered Merchant Taylors' School in September, 1853, and left in the following year. He then studied at Guy's Hospital, where he was House Surgeon and Obstetric Resident. In 1865 he was appointed House Surgeon to the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and five years later Surgeon to the Infirmary. In 1875 he became Surgeon to the Liverpool Northern Hospital. For a long period he was Assistant Surgeon to the Liverpool Eye and Ear Infirmary, Consulting Surgeon, Medical Attendant and Referee to the Liverpool District of the London and North-Western Railway. He early adopted Listerian methods - in particular the catgut ligature, rendered aseptic after Lister's method, which superseded the teaching he had received at Guy's, that the ligature might be dispensed with by applying torsion to the arteries. He was by no means a bold surgeon or a brilliant operator, but was known as deliberate and punctilious in considering the reasons for an operation, however trivial.

On reaching the retiring age at the Liverpool Northern Hospital, he was made a member of the Hospital Committee as well as Consulting Surgeon.

He had practised at 71 Rodney Street, Liverpool, and lived in retirement for a short time at Princes Avenue, West Kirby, until his death on Oct 10th, 1916; he was buried at West Kirby.

Between 1880 and 1895 Puzey's publications related to the application of Listerian surgery and the use of catgut as material for ligatures.
"Recollections of the Earlier Period of the Listerian Method." - Liverpool Med-Chir Jour, 1896, xvi, 1.
"A Surgical Revival [the aseptic animal ligature]." - Ibid, 1895, xv, 1.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1916, ii, 727, 766. Brit Med Jour, 1916, ii, 574. Robinson's Register of Merchant Taylors' School, ii, 318. Hart's Register of Merchant Taylors' School, 1851-1920, 10].

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