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Biographical entry Braine, Charles Carter (1860 - 1937)

MRCS 10 November 1887; FRCS 11 December 1890; LRCP 1887.

13 February 1860
1 September 1937


Born 13 February 1860 in Hertford Street, Mayfair, the son of John Carter of Elmlawn, civil servant, who had been in the Navy, and Hannah Elizabeth Miller, who came from Lincolnshire. The marriage took place at St George's, Hanover Square, in 1859. John Carter died, and in March 1871 Mrs Carter married Francis Woodhouse Braine, FRCS; Charles Carter took the name of his stepfather and was known for the rest of his life as Charles Carter Braine. He was educated at the upper school of Alleyns College of God's Gift at Dulwich from April to July 1873 and subsequently at University College. He was a student at Charing Cross Hospital, where he filled the post of house surgeon, and was anaesthetist from 1890 to 1919. He was also anaesthetist to the Royal Dental Hospital and to St Peter's Hospital for stone, positions which had been held by his stepfather. During the war of 1914-18 he was anaesthetist to the King George Hospital.

He married on 16 January 1892 Harriet Jane Evans. She survived him with two sons, John Francis Carter Braine, FRCS, assistant surgeon to the actino-therapeutic department at Guy's Hospital at the time of his father's death, and Eric Carter Braine. He died at 200 Grove End Gardens, NW8 on 1 September 1937. Charles Carter Braine was a first-rate anaesthetist, beloved by all who knew him. He was president of the Society of Anaesthetists 1903-5; and made improvements in the Ormsby and Junker inhalers. Like his stepfather he was interested in freemasonry and was Past Junior Grand Deacon and Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in 1922.

Notes on anaesthetics in dental surgery, by A S Underwood, 2nd ed by Underwood and Braine. London, 1893.
Artificial Respiration. Quain's Dictionary of Medicine, 3rd ed p 193.
A safety Junker inhaler. Brit med J. 1892, 1, 1364.
Position in kidney operations. Ibid. 1900, 2, 1715.
Experiences of anaesthetics in 200 consecutive cases of prostatectomy. Trans Soc Anaesth Lond. 1906, 8, 54.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1937, 2, 656; Brit med J. 1937, 2, 561; information given by his son, J F Carter Braine, FRCS; The Dulwich School Register, under the name Carter; personal knowledge].

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