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Biographical entry Wherry, George Edward (1852 - 1928)

MRCS July 23rd 1873; FRCS June 12th 1879; BA MB Cantab 1878; MCh 1879.

31 December 1852
Bourne, Lincolnshire
12 August 1928
Zermatt, Switzerland
General surgeon and Ophthalmic surgeon


Born at Bourne in Lincolnshire on Dec 31st, 1852. He was educated at St Thomas's Hospital and passed the examination for MRCS a few months before he attained the legal age for qualifying. He served as an Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy at St Thomas's Hospital for a short time until he was elected House Surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in 1874. He held the post for three years, became a member of Downing College, and graduated BA and MB in 1878. Sir George Humphry (qv) nominated him to act as his deputy at the Hospital, where he was elected as an additional Surgeon on Nov 24th, 1879, having just previously passed the examinations for the Fellowship of the College and the Master of Surgery in the University. He resigned his office of Surgeon in 1915 and was elected a Consulting Surgeon. Soon after his appointment as Surgeon he instituted the Ophthalmic Department.

From 1884-1911 he was University Lecturer on Surgery and undertook the course of operative surgery and the clinical teaching. After the death of Professor Howard Marsh (qv) in 1915 Wherry acted as supervisor of the surgical examinations in the University. In 1927 he was complimented by being elected an Hon Fellow of Downing College.

Wherry married in 1881 Albinia Lucy, daughter of Robert Needham Cust, LLD, of the Bengal Civil Service. She was killed in a motor accident on March 4th, 1929, leaving a daughter who married Major R W Oldfield, Military Attaché to the Legation at Prague.

Wherry died with acute abdominal symptoms at Zermatt whilst on a holiday in Switzerland on Aug 12th, 1928. Three years before his death he was successfully operated upon for a popliteal aneurysm by ligature of the femoral artery at the apex of Scarpa's triangle.

Wherry was tall, spare, and active, a good runner in early days and an Alpine climber. He was on the Committee of the Alpine Club and contributed to the Alpine Journal. At home he was a local antiquary, and was a lover of Charles Lamb, about whom he published Cambridge and Charles Lamb in 1925, telling the story of six Cambridge 'Charles Lamb dinners' held between 1909 and 1914.

"Notes from a Knapsack," 8vo, Cambridge, 1900.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1928, ii, 855. Brit Med Jour, 1928, ii, 358].

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