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Biographical entry Teale, John William (1838 - 1897)

MRCS May 9th 1862; FRCS June 8th 1865; BA Oxon 1860; MA 1863; JP for the Borough of Scarborough.

7 June 1838
19 April 1897
General surgeon


Born at Leeds on June 7th, 1838, the second son of Thomas Pridgin Teale, the elder (qv). He was educated at the Leeds Grammar School and then at Winchester, where he was Senior Commoner Prefect. From Winchester he went to University College, Oxford, where he was coxswain of his College Eight and graduated BA in 1860 and MA in 1863. He received his medical training at King's College and Hospital, London, and after qualifying became House Surgeon to the Bath United Hospital.

Settling subsequently at Scarborough in 1865, he soon became one of the leading practitioners in that watering-place. He was for some years Consulting Surgeon to the Royal Northern Sea-Bathing Infirmary and Convalescent Home, and at the time of his death was President of the Leeds and West Riding Medico-Chirurgical Society. He took an active interest in local public affairs and was a zealous Conservative, playing his part at parliamentary elections. He was a ready and welcome public speaker, a man of active personality, sprightly, and incisive in manner. A warm advocate of hobbies for medical men in the form of outdoor sports, he himself was of opinion that fly-fishing afforded the best kind of recreation. He was a keen salmon fisher, and while staying for the purposes of this sport at Killin, on Loch Tay, he was attacked by an illness from which he died on April 19th, 1897, and was buried in Scarborough Cemetery. He had practised at 2 Belvoir Terrace, Scarborough, in partnership with Geoffrey Ward Thompson, MB.

"Case of Excessive and Long-maintained High Temperature after Spinal Injuries - Recovery." - Clin Soc Trans, 1875, viii, 98, and sequel 1889, xxii, 357. This paper attracted attention and caused much discussion.
"Case of Quiescent Scirrhus." - Ibid, 1881, xiv, 131.
"Stretching the Sphincter in Apoplexy." - Lancet, 1887, i, 1024.
"A Few Practical Hints to Medical Men on the Preservation of their own Health." Address on taking the Chair of the Leeds and West Riding Medico-Chirurgical Society. - Brit Med Jour, 1896, ii, 1764. In this occurs the sentence, "every medical man should have an outdoor sport of some kind; golf and cycling are good, but perhaps the best of all is fly-fishing."

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