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Biographical entry Page, Erichsen Sutton (1897 - 1967)

MRCS 1923; FRCS 1928; BA Cambridge 1919; MB BCh 1927; LRCP 1923.

5 March 1967
General surgeon and Medical Officer


Erichsen Sutton Page was born at Solihull where his grandfather and his father had been in medical practice. He went to Solihull Grammar School and thence to Cambridge as a scholar of Selwyn College. He was a brilliant student and graduated BA in 1919 with a first-class in the natural science tripos. He then went to St Thomas's Hospital where he qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1923, became a clinical assistant there and graduated MB in 1927. His next appointment was house surgeon at Dudley Road Hospital, Birmingham, and he obtained the FRCS in 1928.

Ever since his schooldays he had suffered from ill health and there was some doubt whether he would be well enough to follow a medical, or especially a surgical career. But after a period as medical superintendent and resident surgeon at the Seaman's Hospital, Tilbury, his health improved and in 1935 he became medical officer of Solihull Hospital, and during the second world war medical superintendent under the EMS. He also served as surgeon to the Midland Hospital, Birmingham and was kept busy working with air-raid casualties. Later, however, he had to abandon surgery for the administrative duties of medical superintendent, and later took over his father's practice.

Eric Page was highly esteemed by his colleagues for his brilliant brain, and his determination to overcome the handicaps of illness, for he carried on in practice until he died on 5 March 1967 at the age of 69. His wife survived him.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1967, 1, 734].

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