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Biographical entry Solly, Reginald Vaughan (1864 - 1948)

MRCS 4 August 1887; FRCS 12 June 1890; MB BS London 1888; MD 1893; LRCP 1887; MRCP 1910.

3 October 1864
Congleton, Cheshire
19 February 1948


Born on 3 October 1864, of Congleton, Cheshire, and Lucy Charlotte Cornish, his wife. He was educated at Winchester, and received his medical training at St Thomas's Hospital, where he served as house surgeon and as clinical assistant in the skin department. After serving as house surgeon in the Cleveland Hospital, Bristol, he settled in practice at Exeter. He had taken the Fellowship three years after qualifying, but his interest gradually turned to pathology, and he organized a special pathological department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. He took the MRCP in 1910 and the following year was appointed the first pathologist to the hospital, a post which he held till his retirement in 1931 when he was appointed a life governor; he was an assistant physician to the hospital, 1911-23. He was also consulting medical officer to the Exeter Dispensary.

Solly was a foundation member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists 1927, and was for many years secretary of the Devon and Exeter Medico-Chirurgical Society; he was also an active member of the Exeter and South-West division of the British Medical Association. He practised at 40 West Southernhay, and lived latterly at 13 Howell Road, Exeter. Solly was a keen entomologist, frequently travelling to the south of France to collect butterflies near Hyères. He served as president of the Field Club of the University College of the South-West. He was also a skilled dry-fly fisherman, chiefly in Wiltshire, and tied his own flies.

He married on 4 June 1902 Frances Anne Laura Buckingham, who died a week before him; he died at Exeter on 19 February 1948, aged 83, and was buried at Higher cemetery, Exeter, after funeral service at St David's Church. There were no children. Solly was a cultivated, well-read man, humorous and popular, but diffident, sensitive, and somewhat quick of temper, though wholly unselfseeking.

Rat-bite fever, two cases treated with apparent success by a single dose of novarsenobenzol intravenously. Lancet, 1919, 1, 458.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1948, 1, 526, with appreciation by F A Roper, MD; information from Jackson and Son, solicitors, Exeter].

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