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Biographical entry Greenslade, Charles Mills (1895 - 1971)

MRCS and FRCS 1924; MB BS Otago 1918.

Dunedin, New Zealand
28 November 1971
New Zealand
General surgeon, Urologist and Venereologist


Charles Greenslade was born in Dunedin, New Zealand and was educated at the Otago Boys' High School before proceeding to the Otago Medical School from where he qualified in 1918. After graduation he immediately enlisted in the 1st NZEF and proceeded overseas for the duration of the war. On discharge from the Army he commenced his postgraduate studies in London, first at St Bartholomew's Hospital and later as resident surgical officer at the Royal Infirmary Sheffield (1921-22) and then assistant superintendent of Paddington Hospital (1922-26). In 1924 he obtained his Fellowship and returned to Dunedin in 1926 to take up the appointment of consultant surgeon and lecturer in surgery at the Otago Medical School.

Although Greenslade was basically a general surgeon his chief interest lay in urology and venereology and he was chiefly instrumental in organising the VD clinic in Dunedin which he conducted until his retirement in 1955.

He had many interests outside medicine, in particular he will be remembered for his work in Heritage, Rotary, and for his many sporting achievements. He was a district governor of Rotary from 1947-48 and President of Heritage from 1964-66. In his retirement his chief interest was fishing and it was while he was enjoying this pastime on the Eglinton River that he was accidentally drowned on 28 November 1971. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [NZ med J 1971, 74, 410].

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