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Biographical entry Taylor, Edwin Claude (1871 - 1924)

MRCS Feb 8th 1894; FRCS June 11th 1896; LRCP Lond 1894; MB (1st class honours in obstetric medicine and honours in medicine) BS Lond 1894; MD 1895; MS 1897.

29 March 1924
General surgeon


Son of John Taylor, a stockbroker, and Mary Jane Cash; was born at Peckham Rye on Feb 1st, 1871, and was educated at King's College, London. He matriculated at Cambridge from Caius College on Oct 1st, 1889, where he resided for five terms but did not graduate. He then entered Guy's Hospital, where he was House Surgeon and Resident Obstetrician. Later he was Assistant Medical Officer at the London Temperance Hospital.

He settled in Hampstead in 1898, and acquired a large general practice, the claims of which did not prevent his finding time for work in connection with child welfare and temperance. He was a member of the Hampstead Borough Council, and was much interested in the cause of children and in the preservation of open spaces. At the time of his death he was Surgical Officer to the Hampstead Infirmary, where he originated the idea of the nurses being able to qualify for their full certificate with poor-law hospital experience. He was, too, Surgeon to the Dunhill Medical Mission, and during the European War, when the Hampstead Infirmary became the Hampstead Military Hospital, was attached to it as Surgeon. He was Temporary Surgeon to the Hampstead General Hospital.

In the autumn of 1922 he gave up his practice at 29 Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, and went in search of health to the Riviera.

Taylor died at a new residence in Selly Oak, Birmingham, on March 29th, 1924. He had been throughout his life a member of "The Quakers' Medical Society", and a memorial service was held at the Friends' Meeting House, Bourneville, on April 2nd, and here Sir George Newman, Minister of Health, pronounced his eulogy. By his marriage with Miss Huldah Southall, of Birmingham, he had issue five children, two of whom became medical men.

"Perforation of a Gastric Ulcer: Recovery." - Lancet, 1896, ii, 1007.
"Case of Double Amputation." - Ibid, 1903, ii, 889.

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