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Biographical entry Smith, William Johnson (1840 - 1912)

MRCS May 9th 1840; FRCS Dec 14th 1865; LSA 1863.

26 November 1912
Kenley, Surrey
General surgeon


Studied at King's College Hospital, where he was Warneford Scholar and then House Surgeon. In 1863 he was appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Seamen's Society Hospital, Greenwich, and subsequently Surgeon to the Seamen's Branch Hospital, Royal Albert Docks. In 1867 he gained the Jacksonian Prize at the Royal College of Surgeons with his essay on "The Various Deformities Resulting from Severe Burns, etc." The essay is preserved in the Library. He was also Surgeon to the Cottage Hospital, Eltham, Kent. He had for many years almost a monopoly of the teaching of operative surgery on the dead body owing to the number of unclaimed bodies at the Seamen's Hospital. He died at Kenley, Surrey, on Nov 26th, 1912.


Analysis of 50 Cases of Hepatic Abscess traded in the Seamen's Hospital, Greenwich 1870-1895, 8vo, Greenwich, 1895. A classical paper of that date.
A Medical and Surgical Help for Shipmasters and Officers in the Merchant Navy,
12mo, London, 1895; 2nd ed, 1900.
" Scurvy" in Allbutt and Rolleston's System of Medicine, 1909, v, 879.

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