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Biographical entry Tyson, William Joseph (1851 - 1927)

MRCS April 23rd 1874; FRCS Dec 14th 1876; MB Durham 1879; MD 1881; FRCP Lond 1901; JP for Kent.

5 September 1927
General surgeon, Ophthalmic surgeon and Physician


The son of William Taylor Tyson, for many years a medical practitioner in Folkestone. He was educated at Queen's College, Taunton, and at Guy's Hospital, where he was afterwards House Physician and Resident Obstetrician. In 1876 he set up in practice in Folkestone, though not in partnership with his father. For fifty years he was constantly associated with the Royal Victoria Hospital, first as Medical Officer, then as Physician, resigning only shortly before his death. In addition to his duties as Physician he had charge of the Ophthalmic Department. He was Chairman of the Hospital, and in that capacity received Prince Henry on the occasion of the opening of the new wing in August, 1927. He was an active member of the British Medical Association, representing the South-Eastern Branch on the Council from 1897-1908, and was a member of the Central Council from 1912-1918, Secretary of the Section of Public Medicine at the Annual Meeting of 1886, and Vice-President of the Section of Medicine in 1907. He was an original member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland, whose meetings he regularly attended. As Justice of the Peace for Kent he was Chairman of the Bench for the Elham Division.

He died on Sept 5th, 1927, being survived by his widow, a daughter of J H du Boulay, of Sandgate, and by three daughters.

"Rectal Alimentation," 8vo, London, 1882; reprinted from Brit Med Jour, 1882, i, 420.
"Lately Developed Signs in Pneumonia." - Trans Clin Soc, 1880-1, xiv, 97.452
"Simple Stricture of Pylorus." - Trans Pathol Soc, 1881-2, xxxiii, 142.
"Three Cases of Universal Alopecia." - Trans Clin Soc, 1886, xix, 120.
"Case of Suppurating Hydatid Cyst of Liver opened through Chest Wall." - Ibid, 1894, xxvii, 76.
"Tracheotomy in Croup." - Brit Med Jour, 1880, ii, 464.
"Soporific Action of Mereury." - Ibid, 1891, i, 221.
"On Acute Phosphorus Poisoning, with Case." - Practitioner, 1882, xxix, 432.
"Some Thoughts on Prevention and Early Treatment of Disease." - Trans Med Soc Lond, 1905, xxvii, 262.
"Clinical Types of Pneumonia." - Lancet, 1897, i, 1738.
"Acute Suffocative Ĺ’dema of Lung." - Ibid, 1922, ii, 859, etc.
"A Plea for more Precise Classification of Diseases." - West London Med Jour, 1897, ii, 91.
Notes and Thoughts from Practice, 1909.
Medical Notes, 8vo, London, 1926.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1927, ii, 581. Brit Med Jour, 1927, ii, 523].

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