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Biographical entry Paramore, Richard Horace (1876 - 1965)

MRCS 1900; FRCS 1907; MB BS London 1900; MD 1905; LRCP 1900.

21 October 1965
General surgeon and Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Richard Horace Paramore was born in 1876, and started his medical studies at St Bartholomew's Hospital with an entrance scholarship in science in 1895. The following year he won a junior scholarship in anatomy, distinctions indicating an intelligence which, when combined with the tendency to be argumentative made him exasperating at times, and finally landed him in the fountain. He qualified with the Conjoint Diploma and also the London MB BS in 1900, and after a period of study in Vienna he decided to make his career in gynaecology, and following a house appointment at the Hospital for Women, Soho Square, he took the MD degree in midwifery and diseases of women in 1905.

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1907 and subsequently regarded the College as his alma mater because of the encouragement he was given by Arthur Keith in pursuing his researches into the physiology of muscle, with particular regard to the statics of the female pelvic viscera. He also came under the influence of Henry Butlin, and the Hunterian Lectures which he delivered in 1909 and 1910 were, he said, really Butlin's work. He greatly valued the assistance of the College Librarian who was most generous in helping him to tackle some of the problems he encountered in his other special interest in the history of medicine.

In 1911 he moved to Rugby where he joined the staff of St Cross Hospital, first as a general surgeon, but soon after limiting his work to gynaecology and obstetrics. He took a leading part in the foundation of the Rugby and District Medical Society of which he was the first honorary secretary and the third president.

In 1954 he retired to Elstead in Surrey, but continued his researches into the literature concerning the action of muscles, from Galen to Hunter to contemporary authors, and his correspondence with William LeFanu, the College Librarian, to within a few months of his death on October 21, 1965, at the age of 89. His wife and their two daughters survived him, but Mrs Paramore died early in 1966, aged 90.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1965, 2, 1023].

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