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Biographical entry Wickham, William John (1798 - 1864)

MRCS Aug 2nd 1816; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; LSA 1816.

19 January 1864
General surgeon


The son of a well-known Winchester surgeon; studied at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals under Cline and Astley Cooper. He then followed his father in practice at Winchester, and from 1827 was Surgeon to the Winchester County Hospital, having as colleagues Henry Giles Lyford (qv) and Charles Mayo (qv). He was a skilful surgeon and published cases - "Distal Ligature of the Subclavian and Carotid for Innominate Aneurysm" (Med-Chir Trans, 1840, xxiii, 405); "Hydatids of the Tibia with Removal of Four Inches of the Anterior Part of the Bone"; "Case of Intestinal Calculus".

He was an active secretary of the British Medical Association Branch and was one of the best-known provincial surgeons of his time. He died at Winchester on Jan 19th, 1864, and a tablet to his memory was placed in Winchester Cathedral.

A Practical Treatise on Diseases of the Joints, 8vo, Winchester, 1833.
Retrospect of the Progress of Surgical Literature (with W Newnham and T Salter), 8vo, London, 1839.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1864, i, 173. Brit Med Jour, 1864, i, 162].

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