Lives of the fellows

Charles Hubert Roberts

b.1865 d.29 January 1929
MD Lond FRCS(1892) FRCP(1910)

Hubert Roberts entered St. Bartholomew’s Hospital from Bedford Modern School in 1884. His record as a student showed the greatest promise. He won the junior and senior scholarships in clinical medicine and the Brackenbury scholarship in surgery, qualified in 1889, and took the F.R.C.S. in 1892. His first posts were at his own Hospital, where he gained a high reputation as a tutor in midwifery and the diseases of women. However, since no honorary appointments were forthcoming there, he joined the consulting staffs of Queen Charlotte’s Hospital and the Samaritan Hospital for Women, which he continued to serve until reaching the retiring age in 1925. In 1901 he published Outlines of Gynaecological Pathology and Morbid Anatomy and, three years later, with M. L. Trechmann, a translation of Orthmann’s Handbook of Gynaecological Anatomy. He examined on behalf of the Conjoint Board, Sheffield University and the Central Midwives Board. During the 1914-1918 War he acted as accoucheur to Lady Howard de Walden’s hospital for officers’ wives and also assisted the staff of the Epsom War Hospital. In his early years Roberts was known for his manipulative skill. Although his reputation as an operator declined as he grew older, he excelled as a teacher throughout his career. He died at Esbjerg in Denmark while on a pleasure cruise.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1929; B.M.J., 1929; Plarr, ii, 232]

(Volume IV, page 511)

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