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Biographical entry Channell, Gerald Dalton (1911 - 1950)

MRCS 14 May 1936; FRCS 8 December 1949; LRCP 1936; MB BS London 1936; MA Cambridge 1938.

Natal, South Africa
27 May 1950
Anatomist and Thoracic surgeon


Born in Natal in 1911 and educated at Guy's Hospital, where he won the Hilton Dissection Prize in 1933 and qualified through London University and the Conjoint Board in 1936. After serving as house surgeon and junior demonstrator of anatomy at Guy's, he was appointed University Demonstrator of Anatomy at Cambridge in 1938.

During the second world war he served as a Surgeon Lieutenant-Commander in the Royal Navy, and published a paper on the immersion foot syndrome. He returned to Guy's as assistant lecturer in anatomy, working on the lumbrical and interosseous muscles. He became interested in congenital deformities of the heart and decided to transfer from anatomy to thoracic surgery. He passed the Fellowship in 1949, and was appointed a Registrar at Brompton Hospital. While pursuing his own research there, he was killed in an accidental explosion on 27 May 1950, aged 38, survived by his wife and child.

Immersion foot syndrome, with C C Ungley and R L Richards. Brit J Surg 1945, 33, 17-31.
The action of the lumbrical and interosseous muscles in some of the movements of the digits, with J Whillis. J Anat 1949, 83, Proceedings p 50.
The effect of ulnar nerve block at the level of the pisiform bone on movements of the ring finger, with the same. As the foregoing, p 71.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Journal of Anatomy 1951, 85, 292 by J Whillis].

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