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Biographical entry Minton (originally Mintzman), Joseph (1900 - 1961)

MRCS 11 February 1926; FRCS 9 June 1932; LRCP 1926.

Lublin, Poland
12 March 1961
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born at Lublin in Poland, he came to England in 1920 and entered the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. After qualifying he took up general practice on his own at the Vale, Highbury NW but, deciding to specialise in ophthalmology, he was admitted a Fellow in 1932 and then worked as a clinical assistant at the Royal Eye Hospital where he became, successively, house surgeon, surgical registrar and research scholar. In 1936 he was appointed consultant ophthalmologist to the Hampstead General Hospital and anglicised his name to Minton. Later he became ophthalmic surgeon to the Hampstead General, the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney, and the London Jewish Hospital.

During the war of 1939-45 he served in the RAMC with the rank of Major in Bagdad and in Ceylon. After the war he was Hunterian Professor in 1947, and in 1948 became a member of the Royal Free Hospital Teaching Group. He lectured on industrial ophthalmology at the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal Institute of Public Health and Hygiene, possessing a fine collection of slides and photographs.

He died on 12 March 1961 aged 61, survived by his wife, two daughters and a son Derek Bernard Minton MB BS DObst RCOG.

Occupational Eye Diseases and Injuries. London, Heinemann 1949, 184 pp. Retrolental hypophasia, BMJ 1951, 1, 450, with annotation at p 466 and letter by Z A Leitner at p 700.
Cortisone in the treatment of eye diseases. Practitioner 1952, 169, 530.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1961, 1, 679 with appreciation by J F, p 1326 by Clifford Morson, and p 1549 by Dr A L Leigh Silver; Brit med J 1961, 1, 909 by J F].

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