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Biographical entry Seed, George Sutcliffe (1905 - 1958)

MRCS 28 July 1927; FRCS 11 June 1936; MB Leeds 1927; DLO 1930.

27 April 1905
13 October 1958


Born on 27 April 1905 he was educated in Halifax and entered the medical school in Leeds in 1922 qualifying there in 1927. He served as a resident at the Birmingham and Midland Ear Nose and Throat Hospital and as resident aural officer at the General Infirmary, Leeds for six years, a record period.

Postgraduate study in Edinburgh and Vienna followed, and in 1936 he was admitted to the Fellowship after which he was appointed consulting surgeon to the General Infirmary and to St James's Hospital in Leeds.

In 1938 he was commissioned in the RAMC(T) and appointed otologist to the 18th General Hospital with which he went to France in 1939, being evacuated from Boulogne in 1940. He afterwards served in India from 1940 to 1945 as consulting aural surgeon with the rank of Brigadier.

Returning to Leeds after the war, he founded in 1947 the North of England Otolaryngological Society in the capacity of its first secretary and treasurer, later becoming its President in 1952. In 1958 he was vice-president of the section of otology of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He was a very popular lecturer and teacher and the students elected him president of their medical society in 1957. At meetings, if he spoke, it was always to the point and as a writer he contributed to Scott Brown's Diseases of the Ear. A great traveller, he enjoyed visiting other clinics; and he improved the scope of his department in Leeds by increasing the staff to three consultants. The last five years of his life were clouded by ill health and several major operations, but he became a keen fisherman and this afforded him great enjoyment.

He died on 13 October 1958 aged 53 survived by his wife and three daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1958, 2, 966 with portrait and appreciation by OCL; Brit med J 1958, 2, 1045, with appreciation by T McMB].

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