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Biographical entry Forster, Henry Vincent (1888 - 1968)

MC 1917; MRCS 1948; FRCS by election 1948; MB ChB Liverpool 1912; MSc 1911.

December 1888
10 March 1968
ENT surgeon


Henry Forster was born in December 1888 and received his early education at Ashaw College, Durham, and St Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool. He studied medicine at Liverpool University and graduated with honours in 1912. Before this he had obtained his MSc degree for his work with Sherrington in the School of Physiology. During the first world war he joined the RAMC and served as Regimental Medical Officer to the 2nd Lincolnshire Regiment. In the battle of Passchendaele he was awarded the MC and later was posted to Italy and finally invalided home in 1917.

After leaving the Army he returned to otolaryngology - a subject he had been interested in before the war and he was soon appointed to the ENT department of the Liverpool Royal Infirmary. Shortly afterwards, became lecturer in laryngology to the University of Liverpool, holding both these posts until his retirement from the United Liverpool Hospitals in 1953. For many years he also visited the Isle of Man as consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon and was adviser to the school medical authorities in Runcorn and Widnes. He obtained his Fellowship in 1948.

Forster was past president of the Section of Otology of the Royal Society of Medicine and he also served as President of the British Association of Otolaryngology. He was keenly interested in the Territorial Army and served as Medical Officer to the 59th Medium Artillery Brigade TA until 1939. For relaxation he greatly enjoyed sailing and became an expert and enthusiastic yachtsman between the two world wars. He died in the Liverpool Royal Infirmary on 10 March 1968 at the age of 79; he was survived by his wife, a son who is a doctor and two married daughters.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 12 March 1968; Brit med J 1968, 2, 182; Lancet 1968, 1, 701].

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