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Biographical entry Green-Armytage, Vivian Bartley (1882 - 1961)

MRCS 26 July 1906; FRCS by election 3 April 1952; LRCP 1906; MRCP 1917; FRCP 1927; FRCOG foundation 1929; MB ChB Bristol 1910; MD 1912.

14 August 1882
11 April 1961
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Born on 14 August 1882 son of A Green-Armytage of Clifton and York, he was educated at Clifton College, at Bristol University and the Royal Infirmary, and in Paris. He was Montefiore surgical medallist at the RAMC College, was commissioned Lieutenant IMS in 1907, promoted Captain in 1910, Major in 1919, became Lieutenant-Colonel in 1927, and retired in 1933. During the war of 1914-18 he was three times mentioned in dispatches, receiving the Mons Star, the Croix de Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and the Order of the White Eagle, Serbia with crossed swords in 1917. From 1911 to 1922 he held the appointment of resident medical officer at the Eden and Presidency General Hospitals in Calcutta, becoming Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics at the Eden Hospital 1922-33.

On his retirement from Calcutta, he was presented with a volume of his selected addresses by medical women of India, printed and published by them at Calcutta as a token of their esteem for and appreciation of a great teacher and loyal friend during twenty-five years work in Bengal.

Returning to England he set up in practice as a consulting gynaecologist, and was appointed to the West London, British Postgraduate, Italian, and Tropical Diseases Hospitals. He was president of the Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Royal Society of Medicine and vice president of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and was an examiner in these subjects for the University of Cambridge and for the Royal Colleges. In 1958 he was promoted Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.

He was a skilful exponent of the operation of vaginal hysterectomy, as a result of his experience in India. He was very helpful to overseas postgraduate students and endowed a visiting fellowship tenable for four years at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists.

A great raconteur he delighted to entertain his friends and visiting gynaecologists at his clubs, the Oriental and the East India and Sports. He died on 11 April 1961 in London, aged 78, survived by his wife.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 12 April 1961 p 15 c; Lancet 1961, 1, 894 with appreciations by MS and JCMcB, and p 1178 by M J Fenton; Brit med J 1961, 1 , 1176 appreciations by W C W Nixon and N Moore White, and p 1260 by CHB; Crawford Roll of IMS].

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