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Biographical entry Shattock, Clement Edward (1887 - 1969)

MRCS 1909; FRCS 1913; MB BS 1910; MD 1912; MS London 1915; LRCP 1909.

2 August 1887
23 January 1969
General surgeon


Clement Edward Shattock was born 2 August 1887, at Clapham, London, the second son of Samuel George Shattock, FRS, FRCS, and Lucy Wood. He was educated at Wimbledon College and University College Hospital Medical School where he qualified in 1909. He had a brilliant academic career, obtaining entrance exhibitions to both University College and the Medical School, and a scholarship in surgery, medicine and obstetrics. He won gold or silver medals in almost all the pre-clinical and clinical subjects and first prize in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmic medicine and surgery, anaesthetics, therapeutics and forensic medicine. He obtained honours in medicine and surgery and the gold medal in the final London MB BS examination.

He held resident appointments at University College Hospital, the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and the Royal Northern Hospital. He was surgical registrar at University College Hospital from 1914 to 1919. He was appointed to the surgical staff at Paddington Green Children's Hospital in 1919, the Royal Free Hospital in 1920 and the Royal Marsden Hospital in 1922. He was Erasmus Wilson lecturer at the Royal College of Surgeons from 1926 to 1936. In the second world war he was in charge of surgery at the Three Counties Hospital, Arlesey, which received Royal Free Hospital patients, Army and civilian casualties. He was a member of the Court of Examiners and an examiner in surgery for the University of London.

Clem Shattock was one of the last of the great all-round general surgeons. He had undergone a rigorous training in all branches of surgery in children and adults. During the first world war, having been rejected for active service on account of an old poliomyelitis weakness of one leg, he was responsible for the work of two surgeons and two surgical registrars at University College Hospital and he prepared and examined all the associated surgical pathology.

He was the foremost surgical teacher of his time. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of surgery which he was able to impart with wit, originality and emphasis. He was completely devoted to surgery and to teaching and had few outside interests. After retirement he was able to indulge in his favourite hobby of gardening. He died on 23 January 1969 after a short illness. He was survived by his wife, a son and a daughter, both of whom, like their parents, are doctors.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1969, 1, 386;Lancet 1969, 1, 317].

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