Henry Gray, Surgeon of the Great War - Saving Lives in a Theatre of Destruction

Henry Gray, Surgeon of the Great War - Saving Lives in a Theatre of Destruction

A talk by Tom Scotland as part of the Special Collections exhibition, "Medicine in Wartime"

Henry Gray (1870 - 1938) was an Aberdonian surgeon who pioneered limb and life saving operations during the First World War. His work helped to save the lives of thousands of casualties who developed sepsis as a result of filthy contaminated wounds on the battlefields of France and Flanders. He revolutionised the management of gunshot fractures of the femur (thigh bone), reducing the mortality rate from approximately 80% to less than 20%, and he was an expert in the management of surgical shock.




Image: Photograph of Henry Gray from the George Washington Wilson Collection, Special Collections Centre, University of Aberdeen https://www.abdn.ac.uk/special-collections/george-washington-wilson.php


About the Speaker

Tom Scotland is a retired orthopaedic surgeon from Aberdeen whose special interests included knee surgery, children`s orthopaedics and tumour surgery. He was lead clinician of the Scottish Sarcoma Managed Clinical Network for three years, an organisation which aimed to improve the management and prognosis of patients with malignant bone or soft tissue tumours. In retirement he has pursued his interest in the history of surgery, especially that of the Great War, when so many important advances in surgery were made. He has made a particular study of Aberdonian surgeon Sir Henry Gray who was one of the best and most innovative surgeons to serve his country during the conflict.


The publication Henry Gray, Surgeon of the Great War by Tom Scotland & Ann Boyer was published by Capercaillie Books in 2015. http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/bookshop/product/Henry-Gray-1870-1938-by-Tom-Scotland/9781909305373

Tom Scotland
Hosted by
Special Collections Centre, University of Aberdeen
The Sir Duncan Rice Library

Jennifer Shaw, Exhibitions Officer (Special Collections)         jennifer.shaw@abdn.ac.uk

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