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James Berry

Born 1860
Died 1946

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Canadian surgeon in England, born February 4, 1860, Kingston, Canada; died 1946.

Biography of James Berry

James Berry was born at Kingston, Ontario, where his father had business interests, but was educated at Whitgift School, South Croydon, London. He spent his student time at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Later he became consultant surgeon and emeritus lecturer for clinical surgery at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He retired from praxis in 1927.

Berry pioneered thyroid surgery in England and wrote a textbook on the subject which George Grey Turner (1877-1951) regarded highly. With his first wife he assembled and led a medical team to Serbia in World War I. They were captured by the Hungarians and repatriated through Switzerland, only to return to continue their work in Rumania.

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