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Biographical entry Shute, Gay (1812 - 1891)

MRCS Nov 14th 1834; FRCS Feb 18th 1860; M and LSA 1836.

1 November 1812
4 May 1891
Croom's Hill


Born on Nov 1st, 1812, at Gosport, where his father was a medical practitioner. He was privately educated at Watford, whither his family moved. He entered as a student at University College Hospital in 1829, and after qualifying was for five years (1837-1842) House Surgeon at the Chichester Infirmary. Here he gained considerable experience and performed most of the operations. When thirty years of age he bought the practice of Frederick Colton Finch at Bexley House, Greenwich, and later moved to Dr Watford's house at Croom's Hill. He practised in the Greenwich and Blackheath district for forty-eight years, and was greatly trusted, being regarded as a very able obstetrician and being called in consulta┬Čtion in most difficult midwifery cases.

He was a man of fine physique, and had enjoyed perfect health till a year before his death. He died at Croom's Hill early on the morning of May 4th, 1891. At the time of his death he was Consulting Surgeon to the Miller Hospital, and was locally regarded as the Father of the Profession. He married twice: (1) to Miss Rixon, of Chichester, and left surviving two sons and two daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1891, i, 1129. Brit Med Jour, 1891, i, 1103].

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