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Biographical entry Glynn, Philip Edward (1906 - 1933)

MRCS 14 November 1929; FRCS 9 June 1932; LRCP 1929.

29 March 1906
Stratton St Margaret
18 September 1933
Orthopaedic surgeon


Born at The Close, Stratton St Margaret, near Swindon on 29 March 1906 the only son and eldest of the three children of E Francis Glynn, major, Royal Field Artillery (TF) and Phyllis Anne, his wife, daughter of Philip Glynn Messent, chief engineer to the River Tyne Commissioners. He was educated at Charterhouse School and at the School of Medicine, Leeds, where he won prizes for surgical anatomy and clinical medicine. He acted as house surgeon to L R Braithwaite at the Leeds General Infirmary and was afterwards resident medical officer at the convalescent home attached to the Infirmary. He then became casualty officer to the Beckett Hospital, Barnsley, and was house surgeon to the Belgrave Hospital for Children in London. His interests turned to orthopaedic surgery when he became attached to the Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital. In 1932 he was elected house surgeon to the National Orthopaedic Hospital, London, and on his return to Leeds at the end the year he was appointed resident orthopaedic officer at the General Infirmary.

He died after a short but obscure illness at the Leeds General Infirmary on 18 September 1933; his ashes were interred at Ilkley. Glynn was beginning to make a name for himself in orthopaedic surgery. He was a keen fisherman, a swimmer, and had done some rock-climbing. His parents and sisters joined with friends, colleagues, and patients in endowing a child's cot in the orthopaedic department of Leeds General Infirmary in remembrance of him.


Two cases of traumatic dislocation of the hip in children. Lancet, 1932, 1, 1093.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1933, 1, 780; Brit med J 1933, 2, 668 and 1934, 1, 178; information given by his father, Major E F Glynn, RFA(T)].

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