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Biographical entry Hillman, Oscar Stanley (1895 - 1946)

MRCS 24 July 1919; FRCS 9 June 1921; MB BS London 1922; MS 1924; LRCP 1919.

26 September 1895
Bangkok, Siam
16 March 1946
Hambleden, Buckinghamshire
General surgeon


Born at Bangkok, Siam on 26 September 1895, son of Harry Hillman, journalist, and Louisa Mary Stanley his wife, who both outlived their son. He was educated at Nottingham High School and University College, Nottingham, and at the Middlesex Hospital where he served as house surgeon, senior demonstrator of anatomy, surgical registrar and casualty surgical officer. He also lectured on anatomy at the West London Ophthalmic Hospital, and was an examiner in anatomy for the Conjoint Board in 1924.

In 1925 Hillman began surgical practice at Portsmouth and Southsea, of which he made a marked success, becoming in early middle life one of the leading consultants of the district. He served as surgeon to the Royal Portsmouth Hospital and St Mary's Hospital, Portsmouth, and was consulting surgeon to Petersfield Hospital and the Victoria Cottage Hospital, Emsworth. He lived at 4 South Parade, Southsea, with a country house at Cherry Cops, Hambleden, Hants, and practised at Dover House, The Circle, Clarendon Road, Southsea. He was a member of the Provincial Surgical Club, and he used to hunt with the Hambleden hounds.

Hillman married twice: (1) in 1923 Ethel Florence Griffiths, who died on 14 January 1933, leaving a daughter; and (2) in 1935 Joan, youngest daughter of H. Gordon Cuff, who survived him with a daughter. He died at Hambleden on 16 March 1946, aged 50, and was buried there. A memorial service was held in Portsmouth Cathedral on 21 March. Hillman was endowed with energy and enthusiasm; his pride in his work was matched by his sympathy for his patients.

Operative surgery described for nurses. London, 1927.
Jejunostomy in treatment of massive gastric ulcer. Brit med J 1933, 1, 221. Technique for spinal analgesia. Lancet, 1938, 2, 722.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1946, 1, 508; Portsmouth Evening News, 18 and 21 March 1946, with eulogy by R J Lytle, MD; information from his father, H Hillman, and from Mrs O S Hillman].

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