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Biographical entry Wright, Garnett (1878 - 1945)

MRCS and FRCS 14 December 1905; MB ChB Edinburgh 1900.

23 August 1878
Whitehaven, Cumberland
29 August 1945
General surgeon


Born at Whitehaven, Cumberland, on 23 August 1878, the third child and second son of Robert Wright, banker, of the Whitehaven Bank, and his wife, née Todd. He was educated at St Bee's Grammar School and Edinburgh University, where he graduated with honours. After holding resident posts at Weston-super-Mare, Wolverhampton, Stafford, Man-chester (Ancoats Hospital), and Leicester Royal Infirmary, he settled in practice at Manchester and was elected to the surgical staff of Ancoats. In 1910 however he was elected surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, Salford, to which he transferred, and became senior surgeon there in 1918. In 1938 he retired from half his beds under the sixty-years-of-age rule; but on the outbreak of war a year later he again undertook a full share of work. He was also surgeon to the Royal Deaf Schools, Old Trafford, and consulting surgeon to Eccles and Patricroft Hospital. He served for a time as lecturer in surgical pathology and operative surgery at Man-chester University. Wright took an active part in professional societies, serving as president of the Manchester Pathological, Surgical, and Medical Societies; the last-named in 1936, when he gave his presidential address on thyroid operation. In 1929 he was vice-president of the section of surgery at the Manchester meeting of the British Medical Association. He acted as editor for a collective inquiry into gastro-jejunal ulceration made by the Association of Surgeons in 1935.

Wright practised at 14 St John Street, Manchester, and lived at Thornfield, Broad Road, Sale. He had bought a house, to retire to, in his native Cumberland a month before his death. Wright married in 1912 Lucy J Thornton, who survived him with a son and two daughters. He died in Salford Royal Infirmary, after two days' illness, on 29 August 1945, aged 66. While surgeon to Ancoats Hospital, Wright had as a colleague Craven Moore, MD, who encouraged his interest in gastric pathology. Wright remained a general surgeon, but was chiefly interested in gastric and thyroid operations. He was a quiet, unobtrusive, but companionable man. His sound sense, judgment, and acuity made him a valued committee-man. He was a musician and a singer.

Primary sarcoma of the vermiform appendix. Brit med J 1911, 2, 150.
Secondary jejunal and gastro-jejunal ulceration. Brit J Surg 1919, 6, 390.
Collective inquiry into gastro-jejunal ulceration, edited for the Association of Surgeons. Brit J Surg 1935, 22, 433.
Thyroid operations, presidential address, Manchester Medical Society, 1936.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1945, 1, 681, and p 753, eulogy by J B Macalpine, FRCS, and Supplement, p 90; Lancet, 1945, 1, 707; information from Mrs Wright].

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