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Biographical entry Bull, William Charles (1858 - 1933)

MRCS 19 April 1882; FRCS 11 December 1884; BA Cambridge 1881; MA MB 1885.

1 August 1858
Bromborough, Cheshire
24 February 1933
ENT surgeon


Born at Bromborough, Cheshire, on 1 August 1858, the fifth child and second son of James Goodman Bull, merchant of Liverpool, and Mary Chilton, his wife. He was educated at the Hereford Cathedral School where he learnt to play cricket well. He was admitted to Caius College, Cambridge on 1 October 1877, and graduated BA in 1881 after gaining second-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos. He then went to St George's Hospital, where he served as house surgeon and surgical registrar until threatening tuberculosis caused him to live for a time in Switzerland.

On his return to England he acted as assistant to Sir William Dalby, FRCS and was surgeon to the Belgrave Hospital for Children. In 1892 he was appointed aural surgeon and lecturer on aural surgery at St George's Hospital in succession to Sir William Dalby, posts which he resigned under the twenty years' rule in 1912, when he was elected consulting aural surgeon. He married on 7 December 1895 Amy, daughter of J F Flemmick, of Roehampton, who survived him with one daughter, the wife of Captain Ian Wilson. He died after a very short illness on 24 February 1933. Bull lived the life of a courteous, hospitable English gentleman. With no incentive to exert himself to gain practice, he did his hospital work well, proved himself a competent teacher, a good operator, and an excellent diagnostician. Much of his later life was spent at the Oxford and Cambridge Club, where he was a useful member of the committee.

Some affections of the mastoid cells. Clin J. 1894, 4, 114.
Necrosis of the semicircular canals. Trans Otol Soc UK. 1901, 2, 136.
Cerebellar abscess in acute middle ear disease. Ibid. 1905, 6, 53.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1933, 1, 498; information given by Mrs W C Bull; personal knowledge].

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