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Biographical entry Sandrey, John Gordon (1903 - 1988)

MRCS 1929; FRCS 1930; MB ChB Sydney 1926; LRCP 1929.

28 February 1988
Sydney, Australia
Urological surgeon


Born in Australia in 1903, John Gordon Sandrey went to Sydney High School where he won a scholarship to Sydney University from which he graduated MB, ChB with honours in 1926. After two years he came to London where he trained in surgery while holding posts as resident surgical officer at St Mark's Hospital and St Peter's Hospital for Stone. He was appointed consultant at the latter at the early age of 27 and subsequently at the Prince of Wales' in Tottenham, the Greenwich group and Horsham Hospital.

In 1937 he was appointed a civilian consultant to the Royal Navy and from 1940 until 1946 served as a temporary Surgeon Captain in the RNVR after which he continued as a consultant until his retirement. He contributed widely to the urological literature and for several years was responsible for the section on urology in "Rose and Carless", the manual of surgery edited by Sir Cecil Wakeley. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a member of the International Society of Urology.

After retiring he and his wife, Barbara, spent six months each year in London and six months going to and from their home in Australia. Thus they travelled widely and made many enterprising and sometimes dangerous voyages and safaris.

After a long illness he died at his home in Sydney on 28 February 1988. He was survived by his wife and daughter and three grandchildren, one of whom is a medical practitioner in France.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1988, 297, 682].

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