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Biographical entry Smith, Douglas Wilberforce ( - 1915)

MRCS Feb 7th 1901; FRCS June 8th 1911; MB Lond 1901; BS 1901; LRCP Lond, 1901.

15 June 1915
General surgeon


Educated at Edinburgh, Guy's Hospital, and in Berlin. At Guy's he was Assistant House Surgeon, Clinical Assistant in the Medical Wards, and Dresser in the Obstetric and Gynaecological Departments. He remained at the Hospital till about the year 1902, when he went abroad, and in 1905 was in practice at Mossel Bay, Cape Colony; he was also Civil Surgeon to the South African Field Force. Returning to London, he practised at 14 Stratford Place, his other address being at West End Avenue, Pinner.

He was appointed Assistant Registrar at the Samaritan Free Hospital for Women, retiring in 1912; he then became Registrar. He was also for a time Emden Research Scholar in the Cancer Research Laboratory, Middlesex Hospital, and as such wrote two reports on "Squamous-cell Carcinoma in respect of Altmann's Granules" in the Archives of the Middlesex Hospital (1913, xxx, and 1914, xxxiii) Cancer Reports (xii, 153, and xiii, 56). His address latterly was at 68 Wimpole Street. On the outbreak of the Great War (1914-1918) Wilberforce Smith joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was reported killed on or before June 15th, 1915, when his name appeared in the Casualty List as Captain D W Smith, which led to the false report that Captain David Wallace Smith had fallen. His name appears in the College Roll of Honour.


"Case of Ruptured Tubal Foetation lacking the Usual Symptoms" (read before the
South African Medical Congress). - Guy's Hosp Gaz, 1907, xxi, 277.

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