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Biographical entry Sichel, Gerald Theodore Silvester (1867 - 1928)

MRCS May 12th 1892; FRCS June 14th 1894.

29 February 1928
General surgeon


Born at Bradford; educated at the Whitgift School, Croydon, and at University College, London. He entered Guy's Hospital in 1887 and there showed himself a good athlete, winning the 100 yards at the Hospital and representing the United Hospitals on several occasions. He held an appointment at Colchester for a short time after leaving the Hospital; entered the Navy head of the list in November, 1894, served in HMS Gibraltar at the Cape from 1896-1899, was then appointed instructor at the Naval Medical School, Haslar, in 1899, and left the service in 1903. He next took the newly created post of Surgeon-in-charge of the Actinotherapeutic Department at Guy's Hospital, holding office until 1907, when he settled in Sevenoaks, becoming Surgeon to the Sevenoaks and Holmesdale Hospital, the Sevenoaks Hospital for Children with Hip Disease, and Consulting Surgeon to the Sevenoaks Grammar School.

In 1914, on the outbreak of the European War, he joined the RAMC as Major, his age preventing him from re-entering the Navy, and was appointed Surgeon to the Lord Derby Hospital at Warrington in April, 1915, was posted to Wimereux as Surgeon Specialist in March, 1918, and was transferred to the Military Hospital at Beltinge near Herne Bay, Kent, in November, 1918. He returned to practice in Sevenoaks in 1919 and died there on Feb 29th, 1928. Sichel published a small work, Ambulance Notes, which was adopted by the Navy. He was an active member of the British Medical Association, and acted as representative of the Guildford Division at the Annual Representative Meeting in London in 1906. Endowed with an artistic temperament, he was a painter of considerable natural ability with a remarkable gift of caricature. Many of his drawings appeared in the Guy's Hospital Gazette, to which he was a constant contributor.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Guy's Hosp Gaz, 1928, xlii, 146, with eulogy and portrait. Brit Med Jour, 1928, i, 477].

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