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Biographical entry Rose, Frank Atcherley (1873 - 1935)

MRCS 9 February 1899; FRCS 10 December 1903; BA Cambridge 1895; MA MB BCh 1902; LRCP 1899.

5 October 1873
30 May 1935
ENT surgeon


Born at Bedford on 5 October 1873 the third son of Edward Paine Rose, who was in business in the town, and Fanny Atcherley, his wife. He was educated at Bedford Modern School and at St John's College, Cambridge, where he gained a science scholarship in 1892 and graduated with first-class honours in part 1 of the Natural Sciences Tripos in 1895. He received his medical education at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he won the Shuter prize and served as house surgeon to Sir Henry Butlin. He was resident medical officer at the Metropolitan Hospital and became assistant demonstrator of pathology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, when Sir Frederick Andrewes was head of the pathological laboratory. Having decided to specialize in diseases of the throat, nose, and ear, he was placed in charge of that department at the Great Northern Hospital, where he had been resident medical officer, and was appointed surgeon to the Throat Hospital in Golden Square. In 1908 he was elected assistant throat surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he worked with W D Harmer as his chief until 1928. Harmer then resigned and Rose was put in full charge of the department, resigning the post in 1931.

During the war he held the rank of captain, RAMC(T), his commission being dated 5 September 1914. He served as laryngologist at the First London General Hospital. He was president of the laryngology section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1930-31, and was president of the Laryngological Society in 1930. He married in 1912 Mary Elizabeth Darling (d 1919), daughter of Dr A C E Harris, of Birkenhead. Rose died after a long illness on 30 May 1935. He left a son and a daughter. Rose was a good and careful surgeon, rather timid but a good operator and an excellent diagnostician.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 1 June 1935, p 19a; Lancet, 1935, 1, 1360, with portrait, a good likeness; Brit med J 1935, 1, 1197, with portrait, not so good a likeness; St Bart's Hosp J 1935, 42, 204; St Bart's Hosp Rep 1935, 68, 1-4, with portrait; information from W Douglas Harmer, FRCS; personal knowledge].

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