Lives of the fellows

Peter Horrocks

b.21 February 1853 d.28 February 1909
MB(1877) MD Lond BSc Vict MRCS FRCP(1889)

Peter Horrocks was born at Farnworth, near Bolton, the seventh son of George Horrocks, cotton manufacturer, of Farnworth, and his wife Mary Horner. He received his medical education at Owens College, Manchester, and Guy’s Hospital, where his many honours included the Treasurer’s gold medal. When he had graduated as M.B. in 1877, he became demonstrator of anatomy and superintendent of the electrical department at Guy’s. Then, having acted as assistant physician to the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic for three years, he was elected assistant obstetric physician to Guy’s in 1883 and in due course became obstetric physician. He was also on the staff of the Chelsea Hospital for Women for a time. Horrocks proved to be a successful operator at a period when obstetric physicians were beginning to operate in a field hitherto treated as the surgeon’s preserve. He was a popular and lucid lecturer. A keen mountaineer, he once narrowly escaped death while climbing the Zinal Rothorn. He was unmarried.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1909; B.M.J., 1909; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1909, 35]

(Volume IV, page 335)

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