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Biographical entry Jenkins, George John (1874 - 1939)

OBE 1919; MRCS 13 November 1902; FRCS 11 December 1902; MB CM Edinburgh 1895; LRCP 1902.

2 February 1874
Melbourne, Australia
15 February 1939
ENT surgeon


Born in Melbourne, Victoria on 2 February 1874, the eldest child of George Jenkins, civil engineer, and his wife, née Whitworth. He was educated in Melbourne until 1891, when he entered the University of Edinburgh, and graduated MB CM in 1895. Coming to London he attached himself to King's College, where he was appointed senior demonstrator of anatomy in 1900 and was promoted lecturer on applied anatomy in 1905. He then determined to devote himself to diseases of the ear, and in 1909 was clinical assistant in the otological department then in charge of Arthur Cheatle. He was elected assistant aural surgeon to King's College Hospital in 1910, became aural surgeon, director of the department, and lecturer on otology in 1928, resigned in 1932 and was made emeritus lecturer on otology. He was also surgeon to the ear, nose, and throat department at the German Hospital in Dalston from 1903, and held a similar position at the Florence Nightingale Home.

He filled the post of secretary of the oto-laryngological section at the International Medical Congress which met in London in 1913, and served as president of the otological section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1925. During the war he was gazetted captain, RAMC (T) on 25 June 1915, and for his services was decorated OBE in 1919. He married A M Prickett on 25 June 1918; she survived him with two sons. He died at his house, 48 Wimpole Street, W1, after a short illness on 15 February 1939, and was buried at Annan, Dumfriesshire. Jenkins was a dextrous, resolute, and courageous surgeon, who did much good original work on otosclerosis, osteitis deformans, and paracusis.

Serial microscopic sections of the labyrinth and middle ear, showing ankylosis of the stapes; otosclerosis. Proc Roy Soc Med 1913-14, 7, Otol, p 40.
Tinnitus associated with facial spasm. Ibid 1922-23, 16, Otol, p 8.
Otosclerosis and osteitis deformans; a pathological and clinical comparison. Ibid 1922-23, 16, Otol, p. 21.
Otitic meningitis. J Laryng 1923, 38, 304, and Int otol Congr 10, Paris 1922, 2, 205.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1939, 1, 480; Brit med J 1939, 1, 420 and 479; Med Pr and Circ 1939, 198, 245; King's Coll Hosp Gaz 1939, 18, 97; Willoughby Lyle's King's and some King's Men, p 400; information given by Mrs Jenkins].

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