University of Texas Medical Branch

Thompson, James Edwin,

Surgical Papers, (1882-1937)

Title: James Edwin Thompson, Surgical Papers, (1882-1937)
Identification: MS 52
Repository: Truman G. Blocker, Jr. History of Medicine Collections, Moody Medical Library,  University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 77555-1035, phone (409) 772-2397


1863 Born in Northwich, England
1881-86 Attended Owens College, Manchester, received Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from London University. Completed one year postgraduate work in Paris and Vienna. (Degrees: M.B., B.S., F.R.C.S. (Eng.), F.A.C.S., L.L.D.)
1886 Admitted as member of the Royal College of Surgeons. House surgeon at the Royal Infirmary at Manchester.
1888 Became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.
1889-91 Was Resident Surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.
1891 Arrived in Galveston to become Chairman of Surgery of the University of Texas Medical Department and Chief Surgeon of John Sealy Hospital.
1892 Became a Fellow of the Southern Surgical Association.
1896 Married Eleanor Roeck.
1900-01 Published first two articles on the treatment of hare-lip and cleft palate, which became classics in plastic surgery literature.
1915 Became first President of the Texas Surgical Association.
1920 Became President of the Southern Surgical Association.
1922 Became first Vice-President of the American Surgical Society
1925 Awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Baylor University.
1927 Died in Galveston, Texas.


James Edwin Thompson (1863-1927) was an English-educated surgeon who arrived in Galveston in 1891 to become Chairman of Surgery at UTMB and Chief Surgeon of John Sealy Hospital. His papers include biographical information, correspondence, research and publications relating to the field of surgery.

Detailed Description

1-3 James Edwin Thompson Papers
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1 1 Biographical
2 Correspondence 1886-1916
3 Education 1882-90
4 Mss. Research and Speeches n.d.
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2 2 Papers. Mss. Copies 1908-26
1 Papers. Unpublished n.d.
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3 3 Publications. Notes on Operative Surgery 1937
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2 3 Publications. Reprints 1893-1907
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3 1 Publications. Reprints 1911-19
2 Publications. Reprints 1920-26