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Biographical entry Goodwin, Aubrey (1889 - 1964)

OBE; MRCS 8 May 1913; FRCS 14 December 1922; FRCS Ed 1920; MB BS London 1913; MD 1920.

4 September 1889
18 August 1964
Obstetric and gynaecological surgeon


Aubrey Goodwin was born on 4 September 1889, son of Alfred Goodwin, Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, and was educated at University College and Hospital, London, qualifying in 1913 and winning the Honours Medal. After holding resident appointments he joined the RAMC in 1914 serving at Salonika and Malta, where he was staff officer to the DMS Malta Command with the rank of Major. He retired with the rank of Captain and the award of the OBE.

On his return to civilian life, he spent some three years in postgraduate study in obstetrics and gynaecology in Dublin and Edinburgh, and was awarded the London University medal for his MD thesis in 1920. After returning to London he became obstetric registrar at the Westminster Hospital and gynaecological pathologist at the Chelsea Hospital for Women. Eventually he was appointed to the staffs of both hospitals and also to the Prince of Wales's Hospital, Tottenham, and served these hospitals for 30 years until his retirement in 1954. He was one of the contributors to the "Ten teachers" Diseases of Women, and Midwifery, and was also joint author with John Ellison and (Sir) Charles D Read of Sex Ethics (1934). Goodwin was an examiner for the Universities of Cambridge and London and to the Central Midwives Board.

He combined expert knowledge of gynaecological pathology with fine clinical judgement, and his opinion was much sought. His operation for removal of the pelvic glands in continuity with the uterus, tubes and ovaries, in carcinoma of the cervix, was recorded on a film at Chelsea Hospital.

Goodwin was a friendly humorous man of many interests, including fishing, shooting, and foreign travel. One of his life's ambitions was realised when he went to East Africa on a big game safari. On his retirement from his hospital in 1954, he moved to North Wales and withdrew from professional life and activities. He lived at Erw Fechan, Grange Road, Llangollen, Denbighshire, and died on 18 August 1964 at the age of 74. He was married three times, and had one daughter by his first marriage and three daughters and one son by his second.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 21 August 1964; Brit med J 1964, 2, 577; Lancet 1964, 2, 482].

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