Torrens, James Aubrey

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Torrens, James Aubrey

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1881-1954

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Son of Henry C. Torrens, business manager to Sir Beerbohm Tree, and grandson of Henry McCullagh Torrens, secretary and biographer of Lord Melbourne and Member of Parliament for Fulham. He was educated at St Paul's School and St George's Hospital where he gained the general proficiency prize in 1902 and the Brodie surgical prize in 1904.

At St George's Hospital he was house physician, house surgeon, medical registrar and curator of the museum. Following posts as pathologist to the Margaret Street Hospital, bacteriologist to the Hampstead General Hospital, and physician to the Paddington Green Children's Hospital, he was appointed to St George's Hospital as assistant physician in 1913.

Torrens joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in August 1914 and served in France and Mesopotamia. On his return in 1919 he resumed his appointment at St George's, where he became full physician in 1923. He was also consultant to both Chelsea Hospital for Women and the Harrow Hospital. During the Second World War he worked at the West Middlesex Hospital and remained there until his retirement in 1949. He was also an examiner for the Conjoint Board, the Society of Apothecaries, Oxford University and the College.

He was married twice; first in 1910 to Hilda Martin, and after her death in 1944, to Edith Chapman who survived him. He had one daughter of the first marriage. He died on 23rd August 1954.

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Pathology Museum, St George's, University of London (1843-)

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