Dakin, William Radford

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Dakin, William Radford

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1860-1935

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Born in 1860, the son of John Dakin, JP. Educated at Owens College Manchester and later Guy's Hospital where he graduated as MB, BS in 1882.

After holding house appointments at Guy's Hospital and the General Lying-In Hospital, he was elected physician to the Royal Hospital for Women and Children in 1885 and obstetric physician to the Great Northern Hospital in 1887. In 1891 he was made obstetric physician and lecturer on midwifery at St George's Hospital, before later returning to the General Lying-In Hospital as physician.

He examined in midwifery for Oxford University and the Conjoint Board and in 1897 produced a Handbook of Midwifery. He was president of the Obstetrical Society of London in 1905-06. He emerged from retirement to serve as a surgeon with the French Army in the First World War, receiving the Legion of Honour an the Croix de Guerre.

In 1892 he married Sylvia, daughter of F.T. Lewis, but had no children. He died in a London nursing home in 1935.

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Royal College of Physicians; Blomfield 1933

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