Lives of the fellows

Edmund Cautley

b.23 June 1864 d.1 December 1944
BA Cantab MB(1888) MD MRCS FRCP(1903)

Edmund Cautley was born at Morley near Leeds, the second son of Henry Cautley of Bramley, and went to Charterhouse as a boy. He entered King’s College, Cambridge, in 1882 and took his degree in natural sciences three years later. He studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s, graduating as M.B. in 1888, and then held junior appointments there and at the Hospital for Sick Children. In 1893 he was elected to the staffs of the Metropolitan Hospital and the Belgrave Hospital for Children, with which he remained in permanent association, being made consulting physician to both Hospitals when he retired. During the 1914-1918 War he was given charge of the military hospital attached to the former. Children’s diseases, however, were the dominating interest of his career. His first book, Natural and Artificial Methods of Feeding Infants and Children (1897), achieved some success and his Diseases of Infants and Children (1910) was at once acknowledged as the leading textbook on the subject and held its place for some fifteen or twenty years. In 1929, he presided over the British Paediatric Association. His reputation for accuracy as a diagnostician was unrivalled, although he clung to older methods while aware of their successors. His manner never failed to win the confidence of his young patients even if to colleagues it might seem at times taciturn and his humour dry. Away from his work, Cautley enjoyed shooting, fishing and bridge, although his procrastinating habits in the Savile Club’s bridge room tended to exasperate his fellow players. He was twice married, but left no children. His first wife was Evelyn Grace, daughter of Lieut.-Gen. Willes, Bengal Staff Corps, his second wife Louisa, daughter of George Henry Cumming of Torquay. He died at Bournemouth.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1944; B.M.J., 1944; Al.Cantab., I, 541]

(Volume IV, page 445)

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