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Biographical entry Kathirgamatamby, Vairamutta (1893 - 1940)

MRCS 1926; FRCS 1928; MB BS Madras 1910; DLO 1926; LRCP 1926.

14 June 1893
28 April 1940
ENT surgeon


This obituary appeared in volume four:

Born in Ceylon about 1905, he qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1927 and took the Fellowship two years later. Returning to practise at Colombo he was appointed ear nose and throat surgeon to the General Hospital. He died at Colombo about 1940, but his name remained on the College books till 1952.

The following obituary appeared in volume five:

Vairamutta Kathirgamatamby, a Jaffna Tamil, was born on 14 June 1893. He was educated at Hartley College, Jaffna, Ceylon and passed his Senior Cambridge examination at the age of 14. Next year he proceeded to Madras to study science. At the age of seventeen he joined the Medical Faculty and qualified five years later in Madras. In 1917 he entered the Ceylon Medical Department and was appointed house surgeon at the General Hospital Colombo. During the first world war he served temporarily in the Indian Medical Service and was stationed at Peshawar.

After the war he was stationed at various places in Ceylon as a medical officer. In 1928 after a period of study in England he was admitted to the Fellowship of the College, having previously obtained his DLO. He then decided to specialise in ear, nose and throat surgery.

On his return to Ceylon he was appointed as consultant to the General Hospital in Colombo with charge of the ear, nose and throat department. He was also appointed lecturer and examiner in anatomy at the Ceylon Medical College.

He was a keen member of the Ceylon Branch of the British Medical Association and remained so until his untimely death from a cerebral haemorrhage on 28 April 1940.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Details from his daughter Mrs S Ramachandran].

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