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Biographical entry Feggetter, George Young (1905 - 2000)

MRCS and FRCS 1933; MB BS Durham 1926; MS 1933.

5 July 1905
Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne
14 August 2000
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Born on 5 July 1905 in Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, George Young Feggetter was the sixth son and the ninth child of William Feggetter, a shipbroker and coal exporter, and Amelia née Young, the daughter of a tobacconist. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and studied medicine at the Newcastle-upon-Tyne College of Medicine at Durham University, where he won the Charlton and Dickinson scholarships and the Gibson prize. After qualifying, he did junior posts at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, was RMO at the Princess Mary Maternity Hospital, and became surgical registrar to the Royal Victoria Infirmary under Grey Turner, where he became particularly interested in urology.

In 1933, he went to Berlin, where Von Lichtenberg was running a famous course in urology, based on the new technique of intravenous urography. He returned to become RSO at the All Saints Hospital for Genito-urinary Diseases in London, where Canny Ryall and Terence Millin were innovators and pioneers in endoscopic surgery, notably transurethral resection of the prostate, on which he published two significant and critical papers. After a year at Kings Lynn, he returned to London to become first assistant at the British Postgraduate Medical School and also honorary registrar at All Saints. In 1938 he was appointed honorary assistant surgeon to the Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

At the beginning of the war he worked for the Emergency Medical Service, joining the RAMC in 1942 as Major, becoming officer in charge of a surgical division and finally as Brigadier, consulting surgeon, in North Africa, Sicily and Italy. He was mentioned in despatches. After the war, he returned to Newcastle, where he resumed his urological practice and was a founder member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons in 1945.

With the advent of the NHS in 1948, he was appointed surgeon to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Gateshead, Hartlepool Hospital, Sedgefield, Alnwick Infirmary, and the Ministry of Pensions at Dunton Hill.

Despite his extensive expertise in urology, he retained, as did so many of his contemporaries, an interest in general surgery and indeed published (in 1959 and 1963) important papers on the results of vagotomy and gastrojejunostomy for chronic duodenal ulcer.

In 1940 he married Doris Weightman. They had one daughter and one son, Jeremy, who followed his father into urology. He died on 14 August 2000.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 16 August 2000, without memoir].

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