List of doctors and surgeons

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This article details some individual Doctors and Surgeons. For general information and research guidance, see the main Doctor article.


A further list of surgeons, who found fame as botanists and naturalists can be found in that article.


His books and articles include



  • Haines & Joynt -Housing Shortages in Bombay in the 1860s 27 May 2014 British Library untold lives blog . Includes mention of Surgeon R Haines, and Assistant Surgeon C Joynt, Surgeon to the Jail and House of Correction in Bombay
  • Jukes - Andrew Jukes from Encyclopedia Iranica. Appointed Assistant Surgeon 1798.
  • Kennedy - Narrative of the Campaign of the Indus in Sind and Kaubool in 1838-9 by Richard Hartley Kennedy M.D. Chief of the Medical Staff of the Bombay Division of the Army of the Indus. 1840 Volume 1 Volume 2. Google Books. Also Notes on the Epidemic Cholera by R H Kennedy Surgeon Bombay Presidency. Published at Calcutta 1827 Google Books
  • Seward - George Edward Seward joined the Bombay Medical Service in 1855. His service included that of Medical Officer and Cantonment Magistrate at Baroda, where he was instrumental in discovering poison in the cup given through the Gaekwar’s agents to Sir Robert Phayre in 1874, later giving evidence at the famous Baroda trial. [5]
  • Sylvester - John Henry Sylvester was appointed to the Bombay Medical Service in 1853. His book Recollections of the campaign in Malwa and Central India: under Major General Sir Hugh Rose by Assistant Surgeon John Henry Sylvester 1860 Google Books is about the campaign during the Indian Mutiny. C 1875 he wrote a manuscript which was published in 1971 by Macmillan, London under the title Cavalry surgeon : the recollections of Deputy Surgeon-General John Henry Sylvester, Bombay Army

Indian Medical Service

  • Barber - Charles Harrison Besieged in Kut, and after by Major Charles Harrison Barber I M S 1918
  • Basu - Satyen Basu, a doctor from Calcutta, joined the Indian Medical Service early in the Second World War and served with the Allied forces in Iraq, Syria and North Africa. His unit surrendered near Tobruk in 1942 and he was transported to a POW camp in southern Italy, not far from Naples. His story is told in "An Indian POW in Italy" (scroll to the bottom of the page for part 1). (retrieved 2 May 2014). Also see A Doctor in the Army by Satyen Basu (Calcutta 1960)
  • Limaye - Captain Gopal Gangadhar Limaye received a temporary commission in the Indian Medical Service in early 1918 . He was with the 87th Punjabis 1918-1921. He saw action in Mesopotamia and was involved in operations against the Kurdistanis in 1919 and in quelling the Arab Rebellion in 1920. He wrote War Memoirs , in Marathi , in 1939: Sainyaan'tiila Aat'havand-ii. or Sainyatil Athavani. Pdf download, Digital Library of India, where the Introduction is in English. (The author is catalogued as Limaye Go Gan'). Some excerpts in English may be found in “Yet another Indian First World War memoir found!” November 14, 2012 (retrieved 10 May 2014).
  • Obituary of R Markham Carter 1875-1961 from the British Medical Journal, with an additional tribute ( A large part of his career was in Bombay. He was renowned for the stand he took in respect of the appalling conditions suffered by casualties at Basra in Mesopotamia during the First World War.
  • Mukherji - Captain Kalyan Kumar Mukherji, I M S arrived in Mesopotamia in 1915. After the fall of Kut he was sent to a prisoner-of-war camp at Ras al-‘Ain, Syria where he died in 1917. He was posthumously awarded the Military Cross. His letters to his family were incorporated into a book, in Bengali, available online on the Digital Library of India website, catalogued as Kalyan-Pradip by Mokshada Debi (two book files) Pdf download 1, Pdf download 2. Some excerpts have been translated into English by Amitav Ghosh. Scroll down to the entry The ‘Home and the World’ in Iraq 1915-17: Part 1 to commence. For the final posts, scroll down to the bottom three posts. Written July- August 2012 (retrieved 10 May 2014). Article in The Calcutta Review January 1937, page 83 with photograph.
  • O'Meara - I’d Live it Again by Lieut.-Col Eugene John O’Meara, Indian Medical Service (rtd) 1935. Pdf download, Digital Library of India. The author is catalogued as Meara. An autobiography. He joined the IMS in 1898.
  • Scriven - Captain Robert Douglas Scriven of the Indian Medical Service was awarded the Military Cross[6] for his escape in 1942 from a Japanese P.O.W. camp, following the fall of Hong Kong in December 1941 His story is told in this obituary of Colonel Tony Hewitt.[7]
  • Shortt- Henry Edward. Listen to the 1985 interview with Henry Edward Shortt Imperial War Museums. British officer who enlisted at the onset of war and served as Medical Officer with the Indian Medical Service attached to 33rd Cavalry Regt in India and Mesopotamia, 1914-1918.
  • Spackman - W.C. Imperial War Museums catalogue entry: Private Papers of Colonel W C Spackman: Ts memoir (331pp) covering his service as Regimental Medical Officer to the 48th Pioneers, 6th Indian Division in Mesopotamia, 1914 - 1915, at Kut during the siege, December 1915 - April 1916, and as a prisoner of war in Anatolia, 1916 – 1918. An edited version has been published: Captured at Kut, Prisoner of the Turks: The Great War Diaries of Colonel William Spackman, edited by Colonel R.A. Spackman.

Royal Army Medical Corps and the earlier British Army Medical Services

Our trip to Burmah. With notes on that country by Surgeon-General Charles Alexander Gordon, Army Medical Department, Principal Medical Officer, British Forces, Madras Presidency. 1877


External links

Medical History of British India - National Library of Scotland


  1. Topography of Assam by John M'Cosh 1837, page vi
  2. Roll of the Indian Medical Service 1615-1930 by D.G. Crawford
  3. Dublin University Magazine Volume 29, 1847, page 546 Google Books
  4. Asiatic Journal Volume 23, 1837, page 72 of the section “Asiatic Intelligence”
  5. De White Seward Rootsweb India Mailing List, 13 Apr 2011. Retrieved on 3 May 2014.
  6. London Gazette Tuesday 18 August 1942 Supplement: 35670 Page: 3601
  7. Obituary of Colonel Tony Hewitt 17 Aug 2004
  8. The Autobiography and Services of Sir James McGrigor, bart., late Director-General of the Army Medical Department, with an appendix of notes and original correspondence, Chapter VI, page 92 1861 Google Books
  9. reprinted in Oliver Wendell Holmes, poet, littérateur, scientist, page 330 by William Sloane Kennedy 1883,, originally from Atlantic Monthly, January 1858
  10. "Words for the hour": a new anthology of American Civil War poetry, edited by Faith Barrett, Cristanne Miller Google Books