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Biographical entry Scott, Edward John (1812 - 1857)

MRCS May 8th 1832; FRCS (by election) March 11th 1857; MD Edin 1834.

4 May 1857
General surgeon


Began the study of his profession very early in life. He practised at Portsmouth, and was one of the Surgeons to the Portsmouth Dispensary. At the time of his death he was Senior Medical Officer of the Portsmouth, Portsea, and Gosport Hospital and of the South-East Hants Eye Infirmary. A talented surgeon, an ardent supporter of his profession and of his colleagues, a man of great kindness and benevolence of disposition, he attained early success and greatly enhanced the prosperity of the Hospital. As an operating surgeon he occupied a deservedly high position.

He published a paper upon the division of the rectus internus muscle of the eye in strabismus, and was one of the first surgeons to perform oesophagotomy with success. He operated for stone in twenty successive cases without a failure, and performed various other serious operations such as amputation of the shoulder-joint, etc. (This was written in May, 1857.) In March of that year his paper of recommendation for election as FRCS was signed by eminent men such as Professor Fergusson. The fact of his election was chronicled in the Portsmouth papers, which spoke of it as an unsolicited honour conferred upon Dr Scott. His colleagues were much scandalized at this apparent self-advertisement, and some forwarded inquiries to the College without first ascertaining who wrote the paragraph. The College published a reply to the effect that the Fellowship had been conferred in the ordinary way "in accordance with the by-laws". Scott furnished a similar explanation in the offending newspaper, the editor of which took all blame upon himself. Scott was ill of heart disease, and the irritation of these events aggravated his symptoms. He died suddenly on May 4th, 1857, at his house, Portland Lodge, Southsea, leaving a widow about to become a mother, and eight children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1857, i, 517].

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