Abstract

As has been noted, the first full time consultant in casualty was Maurice Ellis at Leeds General Infirmary. He was placed in charge of the casualty department in 1949 while he was a general surgical senior registrar and was appointed consultant in casualty in 1952. David Wilson, later a president of the Casualty Surgeons Association (CSA), was a medical student in casualty in Leeds when Mr Ellis was first appointed and says that the department was transformed by his arrival.1 On his first day Mr Ellis insisted on cleanliness with old dressings being removed from the floor and he created organisation where there had been chaos. A description of the organisation of his dressing clinics is given in a paper he wrote on hand injuries.2 He also introduced audit and research on hand injuries,2 antibiotic use3 and tenosynovitis.4 He retired in 1969 and following the Platt recommendations, was replaced by an orthopaedic surgeon with the department being managed by the orthopaedic service rather than by an individual consultant. He, himself, in a letter to the BMJ describes how standards fell and the hospital realised their error and appointed David Wilson, by then a locum senior registrar in orthopaedics, to the consultant post the following year following which standards started to improve.5 Shortly before this, in 1969, Howard Baderman had been appointed as an A&E consultant at University College Hospital, London (UCH) when a new department was opened.

Keywords

Defend Decid Mora Lewin Tenosynovitis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Guly
    • 1
  1. 1.Derriford HospitalPlymouthUK

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