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Biographical entry Griffiths, Sidney John Hermann (1898 - 1933)

MRCS 31 July 1924; FRCS 9 December 1926; MB ChB Bristol 1925; LRCP 1924.

21 July 1898
25 February 1933
Orthopaedic surgeon


Born at Bristol on 21 July 1898, the second son and third child of Edward Sidney Griffiths, building contractor of Fairlawn, Portishead, and his wife, née Lambourn. He was educated at St Mary Redcliff School, Bristol and afterwards privately. He entered Bristol University in 1925 and gained the Committee's silver medal for the year 1924-25. He took postgraduate courses in surgery at the London and Guy's Hospitals, and was appointed senior resident officer at the Bristol General Hospital, after visiting Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and Strasbourg. In 1929 he was elected assistant surgeon to the Bristol General Hospital, and subsequently became a member of the staff of the Children's, the Homoeopathic, and the Winiford Orthopaedic Hospitals.

He died unmarried on 25 February 1933, aged 34, and was buried at Portishead; the cause of death was an acute septicaemia. In his short life he devoted himself more especially to orthopaedic surgery, and in association with Carey Coombs he was interested in thyrotoxic conditions. A surgeon of great promise, he had endeared himself to his colleagues and to the students by his readiness to help and by his powers of teaching.


Strangulated hernia in an infant of 5 days. Brit J Surg 1926-27, 14, 527.
Case of double tongue. Ibid 1929-30, 17, 691.
A case of spina bifida occulta. Ibid 1930-31, 18, 172.
Acute infections and suppurations of the hand and arm. Practitioner 1930, 125, 721.
Orthopaedic surgery, various articles with E W Hey Groves. Med Annu 1932.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1933, 1, 613, with portrait ; Brit med J 1933, 1, 491, with portrait, and p 544 ; Med Press1933, 186, 202 ; Bristol Med-Chir J 1933, 50, 62 information given by his father, E S Griffiths].

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