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Biographical entry Russell, Robert Hamilton (1860 - 1933)

3 September 1860
Farningham, Kent, England
30 April 1933
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Robert Russell was a surgeon at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne form 1901-1919 and at the Children's Hospital before and after this period. He established that the minimal treatment for iguinal hernia was removal of the hernial sac without other forms of repair and was widely regarded as an expert in the management of fractures. He is commemorated by Hamilton Russell House at the Alfred Hospital, a bronze bust by Paul Montford at the Alfred Hospital and a life mask.


Born 3 September 1860. Died 30 April 1933. Educated King's College Hospital (MRCS 1882, LRCP 1886). Began his career as dresser and then house surgeon to Lord Lister, house surgeon, Salop Infirmary, Shrewsbury 1884-85, further training in Europe 1886-8, returned to England with a lung complaint, moved to Melbourne 1890, general practice, Hawthorn 1890-92 (including being family doctor to the Grainger family), surgeon, (Royal) Children's Hospital and assistant anatomy demonstrator, University of Melbourne from 1892, surgeon, Alfred Hospital 1901-19, surgeon for 18 months with the British Expeditionary Force in England and France during World War I, Children's Hospital 1920-25, Director-general, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1928-33. President, Medical Society of Victoria 1903. Founded Victorian Association of Surgeons 1920 and an inaugural member of its successor, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons 1927.

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