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Biographical entry Winston, Percy (1922 - 1978)

MRCS 1945; FRCS 1951; MB BS London 1945; DLO 1955; LRCP 1945.

5 February 1922
21 January 1978
ENT surgeon


Percy Winston, the second child and only son of Joseph Winston, a furrier, was born in London on 5 February 1922. He was educated at the Grocers' Company Grammar School and then went to the London Hospital Medical College. He qualified in 1945 and took several resident appointments before entering the Royal Air Force Medical Service from 1948 serving as a surgical specialist with the rank of Squadron Leader. On demobilisation, after taking the FRCS in 1951, he was appointed senior registrar in the ENT department at St George's Hospital and then first assistant in the professorial unit at the Institute of Laryngology and Otology. He also served as clinical assistant at the National Hospital Queen Square.

After initial appointment as consultant ENT surgeon at the Brentwood group of hospitals from 1959 to 1964 he became consultant at Edgware General Hospital and King George Hospital, Ilford. He was a member of the Association of Otolaryngologists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, whilst his considerable interest in rhinoplasty led to him becoming a founder member and first Vice-President of the European Academy of Facial, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He gained considerable experience in reconstructive nasal surgery and it gave him great pleasure to communicate his skills and experience to others through courses and demonstrations at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital. He had the reputation for treating his patients and his colleagues with dedication and generosity and was readily available to them. He was a keen gardener in Hampstead and passionately fond of walking on the Heath. He had a deep interest in art and was a regular visitor to art galleries abroad: he was also an accomplished cook. He married Dr Margaret Robson in 1956 and they had a son and daughter. His wife predeceased him in 1976 and, when he died at the age of 55 on 21 January 1978, he was survived by his two children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J, 1973, 1, 44].

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