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Geoffrey Keynes, surgeon and scholar (1887-1982)

by St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives & Museum

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Geoffrey Keynes
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Royal Air Force
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19 December 2005

Sir Geoffrey Keynes was the younger brother of the celebrated economist, John Maynard Keynes. He combined his surgeon’s career at St Bartholomew’s Hospital with the publication of bibliographies - such as those of the poet, John Donne, and the scientist Robert Hooke - and editions much respected by the bibliographic and literary worlds. He was full surgeon at the Hospital between 1946 and 1949, and had earlier developed important ideas on the treatment of breast cancer by local removal and radium implantation as well as doing much to develop an effective blood transfusion service and to advance surgical treatment of thyroid disease. During World War Two he was senior consultant surgeon to the Royal Air Force. His own library is now in the Library of the University of Cambridge.

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