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Harry Attwater

1885 - 1961

An expert in urethral strictures

Harry Attwater* was a reserved and scholarly man who was born in London, the son of a barrister in Lincoln's Inn. He was educated in London and obtained his medical degrees at Cambridge University & Guy's Hospital, London.

After active service in the RAMC during the First World War, he became a surgeon at All Saint's Hospital, where he had previously trained as a Registrar. When he was first appointed, the hospital was based in an old building in Vauxhall Bridge Road but he oversaw its eventual metamorphosis into Westminster Hospital (All Saints) Urological Centre. He remained in post at All Saint's for almost 30 years.

He was one of the original founding members of the British Association of Urological Surgeons in 1945, Treasurer of the British Journal of Urology and President of the Urology Section in the Royal Society of Medicine in 1942.

His main interest lay in the, then, neglected and unpopular field of urethral strictures.

He died on 29 May 1961 aged 76, and was survived by his second wife.

Articles by and about Harry Attwater

The History of Urethral Stricture

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Read the BMJ obituary

Biographical Details

Plarrs Lives of the Fellows Online

* Regrettably, we have been inable to source any contemporary images of Harry Attwater.

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