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Biographical entry Verrall, Paul Jenner (1883 - 1951)

MRCS 25 July 1907; FRCS 8 December 1910; BA Cambridge 1905; MB BCh 1908; LRCP 1907.

9 February 1883
22 April 1951
Orthopaedic surgeon


Born on 9 February 1883, the eldest son of Sir Thomas Jenner Verrall (1852-1929), MRCS, and Mary Elizabeth Catt, his wife. Sir Thomas was consulting surgeon to the Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, and a vice-president of the British Medical Association. Paul Verrall was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he won first-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, part 1, 1905. He took his clinical training at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Here he became chief assistant to R C Elmslie in the orthopaedic department, where he worked during 1910-26. He then became orthopaedic surgeon to the Royal Free Hospital, and lecturer in orthopaedic surgery at the London School of Medicine for Women (1927-45).

During the war of 1914-18 he served in Egypt 1915-16, and then joined the staff of Sir Robert Jones as a surgeon at the Military Orthopaedic Hospital, Shepherd's Bush. Verrall was particularly active in promoting collaboration between operating and limb-fitting orthopaedists. For thirty years (1919-49) he was surgical specialist to the Ministry of Pensions for the London region, and in connexion with this work was orthopaedic surgeon to Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton, 1924-41. He was also consulting orthopaedic surgeon to Ramsgate General Hospital. He served on the Medical Research Council's war wounds committee 1940-41, during the second world war. He was a member of the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Verrall married in 1908 Edmée, daughter of Comte Lostie de Kerhor de St Hippolyte. He lived at 48 Carlton Hill, St John's Wood, NW8, with consulting rooms at 36 Harley Street. He died on 22 April 1951, after an illness, in St John and St Elizabeth Hospital, aged 68; his wife and their only daughter survived him.


A bone-graft for sacro-iliac fixation. J Bone Jt Surg 1926, 7, 491.
Amputation stumps and artificial limbs. Brit med J 1940, 1, 62.
Operations on joints, in Grey Turner's Modern operative surgery, 3rd edition, 1943, 1, chapter 4.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1951, 1, 1022].

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