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Biographical entry Probert, William Routledge (1919 - 1962)

MRCS and FRCS 9 December 1954; BA Cambridge 1942; MB BCh 1944; MA 1945; MCh 1955.

Mountain Ash, Glamorgan
21 June 1962
Thoracic surgeon


Born in 1919 at Mountain Ash, Glamorgan, he was educated at Repton, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge and the Middlesex Hospital.

After qualification he served as a Captain and graded surgeon in the RAMC. Later he was resident medical officer at Tindal House Emergency Hospital in Aylesbury and St Andrew's Hospital, Dollis Hill.

In 1953 he became a senior house officer at Sully Hospital in Penarth, Glamorgan and in 1957 obtained an Anglo-French Exchange Bursary under the Ciba Foundation. At the time of his death, he held the appointment of senior registrar in thoracic surgery at Sully Hospital, although the last six years of his life were clouded by an incurable illness, which he bore with great gallantry and fortitude.

He died on 21 June 1962 aged 43, survived by his widow and two sons.

Cholangiography in hepatic hydatid disease. Brit J Surg 1955, 43, 308.
Sudden operative death due to massive tumour embolism. Brit J Surg 1956, 1, 435.
Coarctation of aorta complicated by aneurysm treated by resection. Proc Roy Soc Med 1956, 49, 729.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1962, 2, 159].

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