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Biographical entry Stevens, Thomas George (1869 - 1953)

MRCS 28 July 1890; FRCS 13 June 1895; MB BS London 1890; MD 1892; LRCP 1890; MRCP 1896; FRCOG foundation 1929.

25 March 1869
Stoke Newington
10 November 1953
Obstetric and gynaecological surgeon


Born on 25 March 1869 at Stoke Newington Green, North London, eldest of the three children of George Jesse Barnabas Stevens MRCS 1866 and his wife Charlotte Honey, he was educated at St Paul's School and Guy's Hospital where he served as house surgeon and resident obstetric officer, after qualifying with honours. He was resident medical officer at Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital and the Evelina Hospital for Children, having determined to specialise in gynaecology and obstetrics. He took the Fellowship in 1895 and the MRCP in 1896; in later years under the influence of his friend Victor Bonney he opposed the for¬mation of a third Royal College, but when the British College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (as it was called at first) was formed in 1929 he accepted Fellowship and served on the first Council till 1935.

During 1896 Stevens was demonstrator of biology at Guy's and examined in biology for the Conjoint Board. He was elected an assistant surgeon to the Hospital for Women in Soho Square in 1899, and was ultimately con¬sulting surgeon. In 1902 he was appointed tutor in obstetrics at St Mary's Hospital, and in 1908 physician to out-patients at Queen Charlotte's. He was elected assistant obstetric surgeon at St Mary's in 1912 on the retire¬ment of C M Handfield-Jones, was promoted surgeon two years later on the unexpected retirement of W J Gow, and finally became consulting obstetric surgeon. He was also gynaecologist to the Mildmay Mission Hospital. Stevens examined for the Conjoint Board and for London University. He served as Vice-President of the section of obstetrics and gynaecology at the British Medical Association's annual meetings at Aberdeen in 1914 and at Winnipeg in 1930. He was a frequent contributor of cases and papers to the like section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Stevens was a skilled operator of wide experience, and excelled as a teacher, particularly in practical teaching, and was popular with students in spite of his caustic wit. He was an active Freemason and was Master of the Sancta Maria lodge in 1917. He practised at 8 Upper Wimpole Street, and retired in 1934 to Bournemouth. He married on 31 August 1899 Lizzie Jane, eldest daughter of John Reeves of Blackheath; she died on 2 April 1953. Stevens died at 6 Dunkeld Road, Talbot Woods, Bournemouth on 10 November 1953 aged 84, survived by his only son T Russell Stevens FRCS, surgeon to the Dorset County Hospital, Dorchester.

He was a short man with a pointed beard. His recreations were golf and fishing, and he was an accomplished artist, particularly fond of painting interior scenes.

Select Publications:

Diseases of women University of London Press, 1912 426 pp.
The treatment of salpingitis; acute and chronic. Lancet 1926, 1, 192 and 249.
Ovarian tumours from the pathological aspect. J Obstet Gynaec Brit Emp 1931, 38, 256.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 13 November 1953 p 11 b; Brit med J 1953, 2, 1163; Lancet 1953, 2, 1103 with appreciation by A W Bourne; information from his son].

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