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Biographical entry Hayden, Arthur Falconer (1877 - 1940)

MRCS 25 July 1900; FRCS 14 June 1906; MB London 1903; MS 1904; LRCP 1900.

24 August 1877
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
8 March 1940
Anaesthetist , General surgeon and Pathologist


Born 24 August 1877 at Frogmoor House, High Wycombe, Bucks, in the house where his grandfather, William Hayden, LSA 1837, MRCS 1856, and his father, William Gallimore Hayden, MRCS 1863, had successively practised medicine. His mother was Elizabeth Matilda, daughter of William Falconer, who founded the Union Castle line to South Africa, and he was the fourth child of the marriage. Educated at the Grammar School, High Wycombe, when George Peachell was headmaster, he entered St Mary's Hospital, London, with the entrance scholarship and acted as a prosector at the Royal College of Surgeons. He served as house surgeon and assistant anaesthetist at St Mary's Hospital and as pathologist at the County Asylum, Winwick, Lancashire.

He was gazetted lieutenant in the Indian Medical Service on 1 September 1905, and during his course in the Army Medical School won the Montefiore medal for military surgery and the Martin gold medal. Proceeding to India he was promoted captain on 1 September 1908, but was placed on temporary half pay on 23 January 1910 after an attack of poliomyelitis, which obliged him ever afterwards to use a mechanical chair for locomotion. He retired on 23 January 1912. Returning to England he undertook work at St Mary's Hospital as pathologist to the venereal disease department and as an assistant in the inoculation department. He married Ruth Lacey on 14 April 1912; she survived him with two sons and a daughter. He died on 8 March 1940 at 4 Graham Road, Hendon, NW4.

An inquiry into the influence of the constituents of a bacterial emulsion on the opsonic index. Proc Roy Soc Lond. 1911, B, 84, 320.
Relative value of human and guinea pig complement in the Wassermann reaction. Brit J exper Path. 1922, 3, 151.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J. 1940, 1, 596; Crawford's Roll of the IMS General list, No 352 information given by Mrs Hayden].

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