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Biographical entry Jordan, John Furneaux (1865 - 1956)

MRCS 14 May 1891; FRCS 10 December 1891; LRCP 1891; MB BCh RUI 1891; MB BCh Birmingham 1903; JP City of Birmingham.

1 May 1956


He was born at Birmingham in 1865 one of 3 sons of Thomas Furneaux Jordan FRCS. His grandfather had been a surgeon, his brother Bertram became a physician at Birmingham, and an uncle and his son were physicians there. He was educated at King Edward's School and at Queen's and Mason Colleges, where he served as demonstrator of anatomy and physiology. After qualifying through the Royal University of Ireland, he served as house surgeon at Queen's Hospital and was elected assistant surgeon to the General Hospital in 1893.

Under the influence of Lawson Tait he turned his attention to gynaecological surgery, and in the twenty years before the outbreak of the 1914 war he was a pioneer in this field, writing much on his specialty and attaining a leading practice in the Midlands. He was surgeon to several hospitals and in particular promoted the work of the Birmingham and Midlands Hospital for Women, whose new buildings he was instrumental in building in Showell Green Lane. He also took a leading share in the work of the new Maternity Hospital when it opened in Loveday Street in 1906. He took an active part in professional affairs, serving as honorary treasurer of the Birmingham branch of the British Medical Association and president of the Queen's College Medical Society, but he was not interested in teaching. He was appointed Ingleby lecturer in 1911. Jordan followed Sir Victor Horsley FRCS in advocating total abstinence from alcohol.

As a young man he was a keen player of association football and was vice-president of the Old Edwardians Association. He also played lawn tennis and was a skilled gardener. He practised at 9 Newhall Street, Birmingham, and lived at 5 Carpenter Road, Edgbaston.

Jordan retired in 1928 to Bromsgrove, but later moved to London. He married in 1898 Mildred, daughter of John Player of Edgbaston, who survived him with their son, an architect. He died at 178 Coleherne Court, London on 1 May 1956, aged 90. He was of spare build, erect and distinguished in appearance, of quiet manner and firm character.

Clinical notes on one hundred consecutive cases of abdominal section. Brit Gynaecol J 1897, 13, 206.
On tubal abortion with clinical notes of eight cases of ectopic gestation. Brit med J 1898, 2, 803.
The after-effects of removal of the appendages and of removal of the uterus. Brit Gynaecol J 1899, 15, 369.
The advantages and disadvantages of vaginal coeliotomy. Birm med Rev 1899, 45, 269.
Treatment of myoma of the uterus. Brit med J 1906, 1, 621.
Puerperal infection, with special reference to vaccine treatment. Brit med J 1912, 2, 1.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1956, 1, 1114, by H W Featherstone MD, with an appreciation by Dame Hilda Lloyd DBE, FRCS].

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