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Biographical entry Gow, John (1887 - 1944)

MRCS and FRCS 11 December 1913; MB ChB Manchester 1909.

16 January 1887
Bury, Lancashire
7 June 1944
General surgeon


Born 16 January 1887 at Croydon Terrace, Bury, Lancashire, the second child and second son of Peter Graham Gow, bank manager, and Jessie Menzies, his wife. He was educated at Bury Grammar School and the Victoria University, Manchester, where he graduated in 1909. He served as senior house surgeon, surgical registrar and resident surgical officer at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, and was then appointed surgeon to the Children's department at the Manchester Northern Hospital. He took the Fellowship in 1913, not being previously a Member the College. Gow was appointed to the staff of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, to which he ultimately became senior surgeon. He also became senior surgical consultant to Crumpsall Hospital and consulting surgeon to the Victoria Hospital, Morecambe and the Monsall Fever Hospital. He practised at 28, and later at 18, St John Street, Manchester, and lived at 8 Oak Drive, Fallowfield.

Gow was a member of the Manchester Medical, Surgical, and Pathological Societies; he served as an examiner to the General Nursing Council. He married in 1920 Lily Hall, who survived him with a son and daughter. He died on 7 June 1944.


Case of tetanus treated by intramuscular and intrathecal injection of antitoxin. Lancet, 1917, 1, 689.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information from Mrs Gow].

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