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Biographical entry Hicks, Henry Thomas (1871 - 1952)

MRCS 12 November 1896; FRCS 11 December 1902; LRCP 1896.

26 October 1871
25 December 1952
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Born on 26 October 1871, son of Robert Hicks MRCS 1857, who practised at Ramsgate, Kent, he took his medical training at Guy's Hospital, where he served as house physician. He was resident surgical officer and surgeon to out-patients at the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children and assistant surgeon at the Samaritan Hospital for Women. After taking the Fellowship he went back to Guy's as obstetric registrar and tutor.

He was appointed the first gynaecological surgeon at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary in 1908 and carried on a successful practice at Derby for twenty-one years, retiring in 1929 owing to failing eye-sight. He was an experienced morbid anatomist and made a study of the histology of tumours, introducing regular pathologic investigations at the Infirmary. He examined for several years for the Central Midwives Board, and served as vice-president of the section of obstetrics and gynaecology at the Nottingham meeting of the British Medical Association in 1926.

Hicks married in 1904 Miss Getz, matron of the Evelina Hospital and daughter of a German doctor; she died in 1932; they had no children. After his wife's death Hicks led a secluded life. He died at 56 Friar Gate, Derby on Christmas Day 1952, aged 81. He had been a keen player of cricket and tennis, and in later life of golf, and was a good musician.

Primary embolic chorion-epithelioma of the vagina. Obstet Soc Trans 1907, 49, 224.
Ruptured ectopic gestation in a rudimentary horn of a uterus bicornis. Brit med J 1908, 1, 303.
Pyelitis and pregnancy. Practitioner 1908, 81, 419.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1953, 1, 279, by Hugh Barber MD, FRCP].

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