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Biographical entry Benson, John Robinson (1869? - 1952)

MRCS 14 May 1896; FRCS 9 June 1898; LRCP 1896.

7 July 1952
Morchard Bishop, Devon
Anaesthetist and General surgeon


Born about 1869, he was educated at King's College Hospital, where he served as surgical registrar. He was clinical assistant at the Royal Eye Hospital, and then settled in practice at 11 The Circus, Bath, where he was appointed surgeon to the Bath Eye and Ear Infirmary. He was also senior anaesthetist at the Royal United Hospitals at Bath.

In 1914 he left Bath and settled at Market Lavington, Wiltshire as resident medical licensee of a private hospital at Fiddington House. To this he subsequently added a second hospital at Laverstock House, Salisbury. Later he lived at Old Mill-house, Alderholt, Salisbury, and finally made his home at Venn, Morchard Bishop, near Crediton, Devon, while retaining his interest in Fiddington House, Market Lavington. He was an Associate of King's College, London. During the war of 1914-18 he served in the Territorial reserve with the rank of Major RAMC.

Benson married Enid Whishaw, who died on 10 March 1936. He died at Morchard Bishop on 7 July 1952, aged 83.

Treatment of burns and skin grafts by the antiseptic cage. Lancet 1896, 2, 1373.
Notes on surgical cases, and surgical reports. King's College Hosp Repts 1899, 5, 99, 109, and 115.
Dermato-myositis. Clin J 1904, 24, 315.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1952, 2, 173; Lancet 1952, 2, 149 - both without memoirs].

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