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Biographical entry Wolseley-Lewis, Herbert (1868 - 1959)

MRCS 11 February 1892; FRCS 12 June 1902; LRCP 1892; MD Brussels 1903.

29 November 1868
26 June 1959


Born on 29 November 1868 the second son and fourth of the five children of the Rev Thomas Wolseley-Lewis, a school-master, and his wife née Bowen, he was educated at Cheltenham College and the Westminster Hospital, where he was a house surgeon.

He specialised in mental diseases, and served at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Horton Manor Asylum, Epsom, and Banstead Mental Hospital before becoming Medical Superintendent of the Kent County Mental Hospital at Barming near Maidstone. He was interested in the social aspect of mental care and in the training and status of mental nurses. The nurses' home at Barming was built at his instigation.

He retired to Dormers, Wimborne, Dorset. He married in 1907 Ruth Fremlin, who died a few hours before him on 26 June 1959, survived by their son and two daughters; he was aged 90. A memorial service was held in Wimborne Minster on 1 July 1959.

Syphilis in general paralysis of the insane. 1901.
The dangerous lunatic. Westminster Hosp Rep 1902.
Mental state in myxoedema. Lancet, 1904, 1, 1117.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 29 June 1959 without memoir; information from his daughter, Miss Stella Wolseley-Lewis MCSP].

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