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Biographical entry Trumble, Hugh Compson (1894 - 1962)


28 May 1894
Nhill, Victoria, Australia
16 October 1962
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Hugh Trumble was the outstanding neurosurgeon of his era in Melbourne being largely concerned with cerebral tumours and abscesses. Much of his surgery was ground-breaking, often utilising instruments and mechanical aids of his own invention. He was a world authority on sympathectomies. His publications ranged widely over surgery for tuberculosis, orthopaedics, intracranial tumours and the autonomic nervous system. From 1934 he led Australia's first neurosurgical unit at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, being formally appointed Neurosurgeon in 1946. Trumble was a founding member of the Society of Australasian Neurosurgeons in 1940.



Education - MB BS, University of Melbourne
1916 - 1920
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
Award - Military Cross
Education - Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons, London
1922 -
Career position - Surgeon, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1922 - 1946
Career position - Impatient Surgeon, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Career position - Foundation member, Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
1946 - 1954
Career position - Neurosurgeon, Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
Life event - Retired

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  • Trumble, H. C.: edited by Leonard Cox, R. S. Lawson and T. E. Lowe, The collected papers of Hugh Trumble (Melbourne: Alfred Hospital in association with melbourne University Press, 1957), 301 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Cox, Leonard, 'Hugh Compson Trumble', Medical Journal of Australia, 1963 (1) (1963), 406-8. Details


See also

  • Alfred Healthcare Group Heritage Committee ed., Alfred Hospital: Faces and Places volume I(-III) (Prahran, Vic.: Alfred Healthcare Group, 1996-2004), 360 pp. Details
  • Curtis, J. Bryant, Miller, Douglas and Simpson, Donald, 'The Neurosurgical Society of Australasia: the first forty years', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 50 (4) (1980), 434-7. Details
  • Mitchell, Ann M., The hospital south of the Yarra: a history of the Alfred Hospital Melbourne from foundation to the nineteen-forties (Melbourne: The Hospital, 1977), 299 pp. Details
  • Simpson, D. A., Jamieson, K. G. and Morson, S. M., 'The foundations of neurosurgery in Australian and New Zealand', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 44 (3) (1974), 215-27. Details

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