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Biographical entry Clubbe, Charles Percy Barlee (1854 - 1932)

KBE

Born
2 February 1854
Buckinghamshire, England
Died
20 November 1932
Rose Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Paediatrician

Summary

(Sir) Charles Percy Barlee Clubbe was a pioneer of paediatric orthopaedic surgery and specialised in the treatment of club-feet and bow-legs. He was a founding fellow of the College of Surgeons of Australasia (later Royal Australasian College of Surgeons) and consulting surgeon at many hospitals including the Coast Hospital and Sanatorium (later the Prince Henry Hospital), the Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind, and the Greycliffe (Lady Edeline) Hospital for Babies. Clubbe appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1927 for his contribution to medicine in Australia and the world.

Details

After completing medical studies at St Bartholomew's Hospital (England), Charles Percy B. Clubbe was admitted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (1876) and as a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1877. One of his first appointments was as a house surgeon to the Kidderminster hospital. He left this post in 1879 to work as a civil surgeon with the Army Medical Department of Natal during the Zulu War. Upon his return to England, Clubbe was appointed chief resident medical officer to the (Royal) Manchester Children's Hospital. This was the start of his lifelong interest in paediatric medicine.

For health reasons Charles Clubbe decided to migrate to Australia in 1883. He immediately set up a private practice in Randwick, New South Wales and within a year was working as an honorary surgeon to the Hospital for Sick Children, Glebe Point. By 1889 Clubbe was appointed an honorary assistant surgeon to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and had developed a reputation as an expert in the surgical treatment of children. His text book The diagnosis & treatment of intussusception (1907) gained world-wide praise and went into its second edition in 1921. He also wrote a series of papers for the Australasian Medical Gazette (1889-1891) on the surgical treatment of club-feet and of bow-legs which lead to the development of orthopaedic surgery in Australia.

Advanced surgical techniques were not the only contributions Charles Clubbe made to paediatric medicine. He also established a diptheria treatment centre at the Glebe hospital where he treated patients with a new diptheria antitoxin and carried out emergency traceotomies. When not dealing with patients, Clubbe gave lectures in clinical surgery at the University of Sydney (1895-1907); managed the board of the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children; served on the Medical Board of New South Wales; was president of the New South Wales Bush Nursing Association, the District Nursing Association, the Infantile Paralysis Committee of New South Wales, and the Royal Society for the Welfare of Mothers and Babies; and was chairman of the Baby Clinics, Pre-maternity and Home Nursing Board.

Events

1876 -
Career position - Member of the Royal College of Surgeons, London
1877 -
Career position - Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians, London
1879
Career position - Civil Surgeon with the Army Medical Department of Natal
1880
Career position - Chief Resident Medical Officer at the (Royal) Manchester Children's Hospital, UK
1883
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney) and set up a general practice in Randwick
c. 1884 -
Career position - Honorary Surgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in Glebe Point
c. 1889 -
Career position - Honorary Assistant Surgeon at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
1895 - 1907
Career position - Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Sydney
1897 - 1898
Career position - President of the British Medical Association, New South Wales branch
1900
Career position - Private practice established in Macquarie St, Sydney
1904 - 1932
Career position - Head of the Board of Management at the Royal Alexandra Hospital
1907
Career position - Visiting Surgeon at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA
1907
Career position - The Diagnosis & Treatment of Intussusception published
1914
Career position - Chairman of the Baby Clinics, Pre-Maternity and Home Nursing Board
1915 - 1916
Career position - Member of the Medical Board of New South Wales
1924
Career position - Honorary Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
1927
Award - Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1928
Career position - Foundation Fellow of the College of Surgeons of Australasia (now the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons)

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McCarthy, G.J.