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Biographical entry Maidlow, William Harvey (1868 - 1933)

MRCS 30 July 1891; FRCS 10 February 1893; MB BS Durham 1892; MD 1895; LRCP 1891.

13 January 1868
Richmond, Surrey
29 July 1933
General practitioner


Born at Richmond, Surrey, on 13 January 1868, the eldest son of William Smith Maidlow, a member of the London Corn Exchange, and his wife, née Jupp. He entered Charterhouse School in Long Quarter 1883 and left in the same term in 1885. Having matriculated at London University, he entered St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School in 1886, acted in due course as house surgeon to Alfred Willett, and gained several of the school prizes; he was also obstetric house physician. He then proceeded to Newcastle-on-Tyne, and at the University of Durham gained the L Armstrong scholarship and was placed first in the honours list at the final MB examination. He was one of the first batch of qualified medical men allowed to study at the Metropolitan Fever Hospital, and he also worked at Bethlehem Hospital, where his cousin Percy Smith was the medical superintendent. In 1896 he was well in the running for appointment to the senior staff of St Bartholomew's Hospital and was filling the post of assistant physician in the electrical department, but decided to enter general practice. He therefore took the post of resident medical officer at the Taunton and Somerset Hospital, and in 1897 joined W P H Munden, MD, in partnership at Ilminster, Somerset, after paying a short visit to India to study tropical disease. The rest of his life was spent at Ilminster, where he was for ten years medical officer of health. He was also president of the Literary Society, worshipful master of the Nyanza Lodge of free¬masons, and president of the West Somerset branch of the British Medical Association. He was, too, president of the Ilminster branch of the British and Foreign Bible Society.

He married in 1911 Queenie, the second daughter of Mrs Cross of Bullen Court, Broadway, Somerset, who survived him with three sons and a daughter. He died on 29 July 1933, and was buried at Ilminster. Maidlow was a careful physician, whose opinion was much sought after and valued in Somerset, Dorset, and Devonshire. Early in life he was a keen surgeon, and his case of removal of the kidney, which was undertaken and brought to a successful termination in a country cottage, was much commented upon at the time. He was a well-read man, who wrote excellent papers upon Shakespeare, Hardy, Keats, Dickens, and Johnson. He was, too, a ready after-dinner speaker.


Extirpation of the kidney for sarcoma. Brit med J 1898, 1, 426.
After ten years of general practice. Ibid1910, 2, 129.
Some British medical men of letters. Med Press 1915, 151, 283, etc.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1933, 2, 360; St Bart's Hosp J 1933, 41, 4; information given by Mrs Maidlow; personal knowledge].

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