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Biographical entry Golden, Gerald Newton (1900 - 1990)

MRCS 1925; FRCS 1931; MB BS London 1923; MB Rio de Janeiro 1929.

13 October 1990
Kabul, Afghanistan
Accident surgeon, General surgeon and Orthopaedic surgeon


Gerald Golden only revealed the year of his birth on his 90th birthday. He trained at the London Hospital, qualifying in 1923. Soon after he went to Brazil, mainly to work in a mission hospital and for his scientific work during a typhoid epidemic he was awarded MB by the University of Rio de Janeiro in 1929. After returning to the London Hospital he passed FRCS in 1931 and proceeded to work as a general practitioner/surgeon in Haslemere, Surrey. At one time he was orthopaedic and accident surgeon to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, the Royal Hants County Hospital, Winchester, and orthopaedic surgeon to Haslemere and District Hospitals. During the second world war he was EMS orthopaedic surgeon, being appointed consultant at the end of the war.

Gerald was a committed Christian and was always concerned with health problems in developing countries. After retirement to Colyton, Devon, in 1965 and the death of his wife he returned to practice in Nigeria, India and Afghanistan. He was a leading light in World Orthopaedic Concern. He died in Kabul, Afghanistan, on 13 October 1990.

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