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Biographical entry Sims, Francis Manley Boldero (1841 - 1902)

MRCS Nov 16th 1865; FRCS June 10th 1869; LRCP Lond 1866.

19 June 1841
Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk
9 December 1902
General surgeon and Physician


Born on June 19th, 1841, at Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, the son of the Rev Frederick Sims, Rector of West Bergholt, Essex, and Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford. He spent his early life in Suffolk, and was educated at Colchester Grammar School. Shortly before he was 16 he was apprenticed to the then well-known practitioner, Thomas Young, of Sackville Street, W, and soon entered as a student at St George's Hospital. Rising very early - at five o'clock every morning - he studied medicine and modern languages before beginning the work of the day with his principal, and was thus able to carry off all the prizes at his hospital, where he was appointed House Surgeon, and afterwards Demonstrator of Physiology. He started practice in Down Street, Mayfair, and in 1870 joined partnership with William Fuller, of 111 Piccadilly, whose niece he married in 1875. In 1884, on the virtual retirement of William Fuller, he was joined in partnership by H Roxburgh Fuller, of Curzon Street, who remained with him to the end.

Manley Sims became a most fashionable physician, with probably the largest West-End practice, and his life was one of tireless labour. As of old he rose very early, and was often on his rounds in his brougham before breakfast. He was seldom in bed after 5.30 am, whatever the duties of the previous night had been, and during the whole of this enormously long working day his powers of close attention, accurate insight, and sympathy remained unabated. It is to his credit that he was very helpful and generous to poor patients, and possessing, as he did, the ear of a wealthy and influential clientele, he could often contrive a scheme of assistance in cases of sickness and misery that was practical besides being well meant. To do so was the greatest possible source of pleasure to him. He was a firm and generous friend, an interesting companion, full of reminiscences and experiences, and well read.

In the course of practice Manley Sims had met most of the celebrities of his generation, and was Physician to the Duke of Cambridge for over twenty years. He was also for a time Surgeon to the St George's, Hanover Square, Dispensary, and Assistant Surgeon to the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, Blackfriars, as well as Surgeon to the Curzon Home School, and Clinical Assistant to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. At the time of his death he was Surgeon to the Dudley Stuart Home.

His death occurred unexpectedly at his residence, 12 Hertford Street, on Dec 9th, 1902. By his marriage with Alice, daughter of Dr Henry William Fuller, Physician to St George's Hospital, and brother of his partner, he had issue two daughters and a son, who survived him. The son was Captain R F Manley Sims, DSO, King's Royal Rifles.

A biographer notes the energetic restlessness of Manley Sims. He spent his brief holidays in travel, and declared that he loved nothing better than transit in a quick train. He was a great reader of modern literature, and a student of cities and of art, and to this may be attributed the charm of his conversation.


Physicians' Urine Charts, 2nd ed.
"Case of Ovariotomy Successfully Performed during Suppurative Peritonitis."- Brit Med Jour, 1879, I, 771.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The history of the remarkable firm of which Manley Sims was a member may be read in Old Q and the Apothecary, by H Julian Fuller, privately printed, 1913. Further details of Manley Sims are to be found in Trans Roy Med-Chir Soc, 1903, lxxxvi, p. cxli. Lancet, 1902, ii,1729. Brit Med Jour, 1902, ii, 1934].

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