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Biographical entry McEvedy, Peter George (1890 - 1951)

MRCS 11 May 1916; FRCS 9 December 1920; LRCP 1916; MB BS London 1920.

23 April 1890
Christchurch, New Zealand
21 September 1951
Bucklow Hill, Cheshire
General surgeon


Born 23 April 1890 at Blackwater farm, Christchurch, New Zealand the seventh son of Peter McEvedy, farmer, and Julia Leahy his wife. He was educated at St Patrick's College, Wellington, NZ, and at Guy's Hospital, qualifying in 1916. From 1916 till 1919 he served during the war in the New Zealand Medical Corps. He then acted as house surgeon to Sir William Arbuthnot Lane at Guy's. After two years in general practice at Oldham, Lancashire, he was appointed resident surgical officer at Ancoats Hospital, Manchester. He settled in consultant practice in the city at 2 St Peter's Square, and was elected to the honorary staff at Ancoats, where he ultimately became senior surgeon. He was also surgeon to the Warrington Infirmary and Stretford Memorial Hospital.

As a student he was recognized for ability, capacity of work, and strength of character. As a surgeon, though modest and retiring, he was known to the best judges as one of the finest operators of his generation. He was also an excellent postgraduate teacher. He was particularly noted for the excellence of his technique in gastric and thyroid operations. His operation for femoral hernia replaced all others, and he was a pioneer in the operative treatment of ulcerative colitis by colectomy. But he did not despise the comparatively minor work of surgery for varicose veins and piles, and established a special clinic for those diseases. He was an enthusiast for local anaesthesia.

McEvedy was a founding member of the Surgical Travellers Club in 1927, and was president of the Manchester Medical Society in 1950. He married on 12 June 1920 Miss Dennis, who survived him with a daughter and three sons, two of them medical men. He died on 21 September 1951, aged 61, at his home at Bucklow Hill, Cheshire. He had a constant sympathy with the "under-dog", and also gave generous help and encouragement to his assistants.


Operation for femoral hernia. Ann Roy Coll Surg Eng 1950, 7, 484

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1951, 2, 643, with eulogies by Sir H Ogilvie, KBE, FRCS and by G B D, p 688 by R S H, and p 841 by R V Cooke, FRCS; Brit med J 1951, 2, 855, with eulogy by Sir H Ogilvie, p 914 by J M, p 977 by N F Kirkman and C R Boland, p 1094 by O Jelly, FRCS and R V Cooke; information from Mrs McEvedy].

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