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Biographical entry Greaves, Francis Ley Augustus (1874 - 1930)

OBE 1919; MRCS 11 November 1897; FRCS 12 June 1902; LRCP 1897.

4 July 1874
16 April 1930
ENT surgeon


Born at Derby on 4 July 1874 the son of Charles Augustus Greaves, MB, LLB London, who was afterwards physician to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. He was educated at St Thomas's Hospital, where he acted as house surgeon in 1898, after which he was appointed assistant house surgeon, house surgeon in 1899 and honorary surgeon in 1902 to the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. Here he inaugurated the ear, throat and nose department in 1905, and was consulting aural surgeon to the Derbyshire Hospital for Sick Children as well as surgeon to the Whitworth Hospital, Darley Dale, and to the Ripley Cottage Hospital.

He was employed during the war as lieutenant-colonel in charge of the surgical division of the 26th and 74th General Hospitals in France and for his services was decorated Officer of the military division of most excellent Order of the British Empire. Greaves was a warm supporter of the Derby Medical Society and of the British Medical Association; he was vice-president of the section of surgery at the Nottingham meeting in 1926. He married in 1906 Constance May Rice who survived him with one son. He died suddenly on 16 April 1930.


On the treatment of perforated gastric ulcers. Brit med J 1906, 1, 373.
Case of pyonephrosis containing typhoid bacilli in pure culture. Ibid 1907, 2, 75. Treatment of acute intussusception. Ibid 1907, 2, 115.
Remarks on the natural treatment of parenchymatous goitre. Ibid 1909, 1, 384.
Fibro-chondroma of the cauda equina; operation; recovery, with F G Lescher. Ibid 1925, 1, 592.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1930, 1, 939; Brit med J1930, 1, 843, with portrait].

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