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Biographical entry Sackett, Herbert Leyland (1894 - 1924)

MRCS Feb 10th 1921; FRCS Dec 14th 1922; MB BS London 1921; LRCP 1921.

21 March 1924
General surgeon


The elder son of the Rev Walter Sackett, of Ealing. As a boy he suffered from spinal trouble and lay for many months in a prone position, during which he kept his mind well employed. He received his professional training at St Bar¬tholomew's Hospital, where his career was brilliant. He won the Bentley prize, and was afterwards House Surgeon and Intern Midwifery Assistant. In 1922 he gained the Luther Holden research scholarship, and was for many months employed in original work on intestinal obstruction. For more than two years he ably edited the St Bartholomew's Hospital Journal. He was also President of the Students' Christian Union.

In January, 1924, he was appointed a clinical assistant in the surgical unit. He showed himself a surgeon of much promise, a man of a high type, thorough and devoted to duty, and beloved by his patients. During the European War he acted as a surgeon probationer with the Navy on torpedo-boat destroyers.

He died in St Bartholomew's Hospital on 21st March 1924, after a brief illness. Vigorously pursuing his surgical work until midnight on 13th March, he complained of feeling very ill and had a rigor. It was then discovered that one thumb was inflamed. Treatment was immediately carried out, but despite all efforts a train of septicaemic symptoms followed. The tragedy was heightened by the fact than in another ward of the hospital lay his father, the Rev Walter Sackett, suffering from erysipelas, which had infected his son who was treating him. Father and son died within a few hours of each other. Sackett was amongst the first to become an Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine when that grade was established in 1922.

Sackett contributed reports of the proceedings of societies to the British Medical Journal, and was its representative at the International Congress of Surgery in London in July, 1923.

Sources used to compile this entry: [St Bart's Hosp Jour, 1924, xxxi, 100, with good portrait].

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