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Royal College of Surgeons of England

Hicks, John Herbert (1915-1992)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0186

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: Hicks, John Herbert (1915-1992)

Date(s): c 1949-1992

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 52 boxes

Name of creator(s): Hicks | John Herbert | 1915-1992 | surgeon


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Herbert Hicks was born in Bristol in 1915. He studied medicine at Birmingham University, obtained his Fellowship in 1942 and served as a ship's surgeon in the Merchant Navy, 1942-1946. He became surgical registrar and resident surgical officer at Birmingham General Hospital. He obtained the MCh (Orth) from Liverpool in 1950. He was appointed surgeon to the Birmingham Accident Hospital in 1951, where he proved to be an innovative exponent of accident surgery. Hicks' outstanding contribution was in the rigid fixation of fractures, and his work on the composition of metallic implants and the dangers of corrosion; the management of infected fractures; the treatment of non-union; and elucidation of the structure and function of the foot. He was a teacher, a botanist of distinction (he joined an expedition to Bhutan and had two plants named after him) and the author of provocative articles in medical journals. He died in 1992.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of John Herbert Hicks, c 1949-1992, comprising an unpublished manuscript titled A Clinician's Observations on Bone Behaviour; numbered folders; material relating to the foot and mechanics of the foot; publications, writings, and reprints; personal papers and ephemera; material relating to forearm fractures; material relating to Colles fractures; miscellaneous; material relating to non-union of fractures; material relating fracture fixation; clinical photographs and slide lists; material relating to sepsis and infection; material relating to corrosion; material relating to the tibia; box files; case notes; and slides and films.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

As outlined in Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

By written appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying permitted.

Finding aids:



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Rachel Hicks (daughter), in 2003.



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.
Source: Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1991-1996 by John Blandy and Christina Craig; and British Medical Journal, 304, 18 Apr 1992.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Sep 2008

Bones | Musculoskeletal system | Anatomy | Biology
Fracture fixation | Orthopaedics | Therapy | Medical sciences
Fractures | Diseases | Pathology
Surgery | Medical sciences
Teaching materials

Personal names
Hicks | John Herbert | 1915-1992 | surgeon

Corporate names