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Biographical entry Thomas, Ivor John (1919 - 1987)

MRCS 1942; FRCS 1945; MB BS London 1946; FRCS Ed 1945; LRCP 1942.

21 July 1987
Consultant in physical medicine and Gynaecologist


Ivor John Thomas qualified from the London Hospital in 1942 and within three years had obtained both Edinburgh and English Fellowships. During the latter years of the war he was resident surgical officer at Cardiff Royal Infirmary, assistant surgeon in the Emergency Medical Service and surgical registrar and tutor at the Royal Free Hospital. In 1946 he was appointed assistant gynaecologist at Swansea General Hospital but within two years tragedy befell him and he lost his sight. Despite this he had the courage to undertake further training in physical medicine at Guy's Hospital under Dr E J Crisp and returned to Swansea in 1949 as consultant in physical medicine. His duties included work at Singleton, Morriston, Llanelli and Glanamman Hospitals.

Despite his blindness he participated fully in professional activities and served as a member of the BMA Welsh Council, the Welsh Medical Committee, the Welsh Manpower Committee and the Welsh Committee for Hospital Medical Services. He had a great interest in Welsh affairs and frequently gave talks on radio programmes as well as reciting in Eisteddfodau in earlier years. He died on 21 July 1987 aged 68 and is survived by his daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1987, 295, 1006].

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