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Biographical entry Jackson, George (1843 - 1931)

MRCS 15 November 1864; FRCS 14 December 1876; LSA 1866; JP.

23 August 1843
10 May 1931
General surgeon


Born 23 August 1843 the son of Richard Smart Jackson, surgeon, and Anne Tapson Channon, his wife. He was educated at Portland Grammar School, Plymouth, and at University College, London, where he gained the Fellowes gold medal in 1864. He served as house surgeon to the Bolton Infirmary and was senior house surgeon to the West London Hospital, Hammersmith. He then settled in practice at Plymouth as district medical officer to the Plymouth Union and public vaccinator, acting as surgeon to the Provident Dispensary and to the Devon and Cornwall Ear and Throat Hospital. He was also medical officer to the Plymouth educational authority. In 1901 he was elected a direct representative on the General Medical Council, serving from 1 January 1902 to 1 January 1907, when he did not seek re-election. He married Agnes Jane, daughter of John Mugliston, of Radcliffe, Lancashire, and was survived by his son, the Rev Donald Jackson. He died on 10 May 1931 and was buried at the Old Cemetery, Plymouth.

George Jackson was a prominent member of the Liberal party at Plymouth and took an active part in municipal affairs, more especially in the housing of the poor. He founded the Devon and Cornwall Ear and Throat Hospital about 1893 in conjunction with G E Bean, and in April 1930 caused it to be amalgamated with the South Devon and East Cornwall Hospital. He was also a prominent member of the Plymouth Institution and Devon and Cornwall Natural History and Antiquarian Society, where he started as curator and rose to be president. He was also president of the South-Western branch of the British Medical Association; president of the Poor Law Officers' Medical Association and a vice- president of the Incorporated Medical Practitioners' Association. He was a zealous adherent of the League of Nations and before the war of 1914 was much concerned at the sums of money spent on armaments. He is described as "a rugged, humorous old gentleman, whose abilities deserved a much larger share of medical practice than he ever attained".

On curetting for suppuration in the middle ear, illustrated by a case of supposed malignant growth. J Laryng 1898, 13, 498.
Mont Estoril (Portugal) and the neighbourhood, with Dr C J Renshaw. Brit med J 1907, 1, 31.
The importance of the nasal accessory sinuses in relation to the ears. Ibid 1907, 2, 969.
The etiology of exostoses of the external auditory meatus. Ibid 1909, 2, 1137.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Information given by H G Pinker, MRCS, and C R Crowther, MD; personal knowledge. Jackson appears to have escaped any obituary notice in the medical journals].

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