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Biographical entry Gillespie, Edward (1878 - 1950)

MRCS and FRCS 12 December 1907; MB ChB Glasgow 1900.

10 June 1878
22 August 1950
General surgeon


Born 10 June 1878 the youngest of the four children of James Gillespie and his wife, née Alexander. He was educated at Irvine Royal Academy and Glasgow University. He graduated in 1900 and served as house surgeon at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow. Coming to London he was house surgeon and later surgical registrar at the Prince of Wales Hospital, Tottenham, and also clinical assistant at St Peter's Hospital for Stone. He took the Fellowship in 1907, though not previously a Member of the College, after postgraduate studies at Middlesex Hospital. During the war of 1914-18 he served as surgeon to Chelsea VAD Hospital and Tooting Military Orthopaedic Hospital.

He was in due course elected surgeon to the Prince of Wales Hospital, and had his consulting rooms at 24 Weymouth Street, W. He was also surgeon to Enfield Cottage Hospital, and to Haymeads Hospital, Bishop's Stortford. Latterly he devoted himself to this last appointment, and in Bishop's Stortford, first at 53 Warwick Road, and finally at 29 Hockerill Street. Gillespie married in 1913 Miss Wallace, who survived him with a son and daughter. He died on 22 August 1950.


Observations on treatment of tuberculous bone and joint lesions by tuberculins, Perlsucht-tuberculin-original and tuberculin residuum. J Vaccine Therapy, 1913, 2, 91.
Acute intestinal obstruction caused by the appendix vermiformis, the obstruction obscuring an acute appendicitis. Lancet, 1912, 1, 792.
Treatment of gangrenous hernia by combined anastomosis and fistula operation. Practitioner, 1913, 90, 455.
Scoliosis. Clin J 1913, 30, 276.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from R A Dent, administrative officer, Haymeads Hospital, Bishop's Stortford, and from Mrs Gillespie].

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