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Biographical entry Williams, William Robert (1898 - 1940)

MRCS 29 July 1920; FRCS 12 June 1924; MB ChB Liverpool 1919; MD 1920; LRCP 1920; FRCS Edinburgh 1924.

24 April 1898
27 June 1940
General surgeon


Born at Warrington on 24 April 1898, the eldest child of William Thomas Williams, draper, and Jane Jones, his wife. He was educated at Boteler Grammar School, Warrington, at Liverpool University, and at the London Hospital. He gained the Derby exhibition in clinical medicine and the Robert Gee Fellowship in anatomy at Liverpool. After serving as house surgeon at the Southern Hospital and surgical registrar and tutor at the Royal Infirmary, he was appointed demonstrator of anatomy in the University. He was then elected surgeon in charge of the Southern Hospital out-patient department, filling the office from 1924 until his death. He was also surgeon to the Heart Hospital from 1934, and honorary surgeon to the Rhyl Prince Edward Memorial Hospital and to the Dolgelly Hospital.

He married Margaret Enid Williams of Llandudno in 1924. She survived him with a son and a daughter. He died on 27 June 1940 and was buried at Llanwrst, Denbighshire. Williams was as skilled in diagnosis as in operative work. A warm-hearted Welshman, his patients became his friends. He spoke Welsh fluently and was interested both in Welsh literature and Welsh activities.

The toxic effects of lead administered intravenously, with L Cunningham and W Blair Bell. Lancet, 1925, 2, 793-800.
Cholecystography, the results of 125 consecutive cases examined by the oral administration of lead, with J H Mather. Brit med J 1927, 1, 614.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1940, 2, 55; Brit med J 1940, 2, 102; information given by Mrs Williams].

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