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Biographical entry Money, Reginald Angel (1897 - 1984)

CBE 1943; MC 1917; ED; MRCS and FRCS 1932; MB ChM Sydney 1923; FRACS 1931.

3 March 1897
Sydney, Australia
16 January 1984


Reginald Angel Money was born in Sydney on 3 March 1897, the elder son of Dr Angel Money, MD London, FRCP, who had been assistant honorary physician at Great Ormond Street, University College Hospital and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, before emigrating to Australia. He was subsequently physician to Sydney Hospital and the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Sydney and married Amy Mona Dowdell, the daughter of a sailing ship owner in Hobart, Tasmania.

Reginald Money's early education was at Sydney Grammar School where he was captain of the school in 1913. He began his medical studies at the University of Sydney in 1914 but shortly after the outbreak of war he interrupted his course and enlisted as a gunner in the First Australian Imperial Force. He was later commissioned as Lieutenant in the Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Cross.

After demobilisation he returned to his medical studies and qualified in 1923 with first class honours, having been awarded the Mills Prize for surgery and the Sandes Prize for medicine. He served as resident medical officer, registrar and medical superintendent at Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, before being appointed assistant surgeon and tutor in surgery from 1928 to 1937. He passed the FRACS in 1931 and the FRCS in the following year. Visiting the United States at this time he was greatly inspired by the work of Dr Howard Naffziger in California, operating on the brain using the new techniques of Dr Harvey Cushing. He decided to specialise in neurosurgery and gained further experience visiting Harvey Cushing in Boston, A W Adson at the Mayo Clinic, Hugh Cairns at the London Hospital and de Martel in Paris.

In 1937 he was appointed honorary assistant surgeon and lecturer in traumatic neurosurgery at the Royal Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and in the following year was additionally honorary surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He was instrumental in setting up the first fully equipped department of neurosurgery in Australia at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1938.

Shortly after the outbreak of the second world war he again joined the services and was Colonel in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, commanding the 2nd/6th Australian General Hospital in the Middle East, Greece and Crete before returning to Northern Australia. His services were recognised by his appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the award of the Efficiency Decoration.

At the end of the war he returned to his hospital appointments in Sydney and served twice as President of the Neurosurgical Society of Australia in 1953 and 1965. He was made a director on the board of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1953 and served as Vice-Chairman from 1968 to 1973. Retiring from the active staff of the hospital he was appointed consulting neurosurgeon in 1957. His professional interests continued and from 1961 to 1969 he served as a member of the Traffic Injury Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council of the Commonwealth of Australia. He contributed extensively to professional journals about his military and civilian experience.

Apart from his neurosurgical commitments he was interested in farming, horse-racing, tennis and golf. He married Dorothy Jean Wilkinson in 1937 and they had two daughters, Angela (Raymond) and Carole (Roussel) neither of whom has taken up medicine. Towards the end of his life when the department of neurosurgery at Prince Alfred Hospital moved from its original site to a new building, the board of the Hospital named it the R A Money department of neurosurgery in recognition of his contributions to the Hospital and to neurosurgery. He died on 16 January 1984, aged 86, survived by his wife, daughters and two grandsons.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med J Aust 1984, 140, 189].

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