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Biographical entry Graham, Samuel Lewis (1881 - 1968)

MRCS 1905; FRCS 1912; MB BS London 1907; MS 1912; LRCP 1905.

5 June 1881
23 April 1968
General surgeon and Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Graham was born on 5 June 1881, won an Andrewes Entrance Scholarship to University College Hospital, and qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1905. After taking his university degrees in 1907, he specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology, and held resident posts at Soho Hospital for Women and Westminster Hospital. He took his Master's degree and Fellowship in 1912.

He had settled at Birmingham in 1910 as demonstrator of anatomy in the Medical School, and in 1912 joined the staff of the Maternity Hospital and also the Hospital for Women in 1913. He was appointed honorary obstetric officer to the Queen's Hospital in 1921, and lecturer in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University in 1926. He was also on the staff at St Chad's Hospital and the West Bromwich Hospital. Throughout his professional life he carried on a successful private practice.

Graham retired at the early age of fifty-four, and went to live in the West Highlands of Scotland. During the second world war he and his wife went to live at the Royal Infirmary, Inverness, where he turned to general surgery and worked hard in helping surgical colleagues throughout the North of Scotland. After the war the Grahams returned to Dornie, near Kyle of Lochalsh in Ross-shire, where they entertained most hospitably. Graham was very proud of his Rolls-Royce 'Silver Ghost', bought at the end of the first world war, with an open body he had himself designed. It was a familiar sight while he lived in Birmingham, and he drove it for forty-eight years, till his death. Graham and Mrs Graham were keen mountain climbers and members of the Midland Association of Mountaineers; they were expert photographers and after showed their fine slides when lecturing about their climbing experiences.

Graham died suddenly on 23 April 1968 while on a visit to friends at Oban, aged 86; his wife survived him. They had been married sixty years, since February 1908.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1968, 2, 436 by HL; Lancet 1968, 1, 1097 with additional appreciation by the same writer].

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