1952 - 1953

Frederick Cecil Hunt:- 40, The Ropewalk, Nottingham. Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (England), Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians (London) 1922; Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (London) 1922; Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) 1928 (London Hospital). Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham General Hospital, Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Ilkeston General Hospital and Heanor Hospital; Visiting Surgeon, Nottingham City Hospital; Consultant, Nott's County Council in General Surgery and for Treatment of Malign Diseases by Radium and Radiological Methods; Fellow of the Association of Surgery, Great Britain and Ireland; Associate Member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Great Britain and Ireland; Member of the British Medical Association. Formerly:- Clinical Assistant Medical Out-Patients, Emergency Officer; House Surgeon and Receiving Room Officer, London Hospital; Casualty Officer, House Surgeon and Senior Resident Medical Officer, Nottingham General Hospital.

Medical Directory 1949


Frederick Hunt served the General Hospital, Nottingham, for 40 years as casualty and house officer, surgical assistant and honorary surgeon. For many years he was an active member of the nurses’ committee and lecturer to nurses. As registrar in charge of radium he was largely responsible for the formation of the radiotherapy department. He was a meticulous general surgeon and was unsparing in his advice and help when asked.

On retirement in 1964 he went to live in Thorpe, Derbyshire, where he had a cottage for many years. He was a voracious reader, especially of books on philosophy. His great delight was gardening and  walking over the local hills. Having been a keen Methodist, Frederick Hunt was later baptised into the Church of England and became a lay preacher, churchwarden, and a member of the diocesan synod. His wife, died a few years after his retirement; he was survived by his three daughters and his grandchildren.

B.M.J., 3rd April, 1993.



Delivered October 1st 1952

The President described, from his experience, the Progress of Surgery during the last thirty years; this had taken two main directions.

The first and most outstanding line of progress had been to make surgery safer. Examples of this were the much greater safety of surgical operations upon diabetics following the discovery and use of insulin, and in toxic goitre with the pre-operative use of iodine and the thiouracil group of drugs. Next, the solution of the problem of surgical shock with the ready availability of blood plasma substitutes, had removed one of the principal causes of mortality in severe accidents, major operations, and extensive burns. Then, the research into the fluid and electrolyte balance of the body had been of life-saving importance in the treatment of conditions of dehydration and excessive chloride loss, while in acute intestinal obstruction the development of the technique of continuous suction had been of similar value. Mr. Hunt then referred to some of the revolutionary effects of the use of the chemotherapeutic and antibiotic drugs when used prophylactically in traumatic surgery and in the treatment of bone and urinary infections.

The second line of progress, largely made possible by the first, had been the renewed surgical attack upon disease in the last remaining recesses of the human body. This was illustrated by the recent phenomenal development of cerebal surgery; the more extensive modern abdominal operations of radical total gastrectomy, pancreatectomy and portal shunt operations; and the amazing and rapid advance in chest surgery. In the latter, the President sketched the progress of pulmonary surgery; the more recent surgical attack upon the congenital and acquired lesions of the heart and large intra-thoracic blood vessels; and described some of the modern operations for excision of carcinoma of the oesophagus.

In speaking of the future, Mr. Hunt thought that while, with the possible discovery of a biomedical cure for cancer, the whole of excisional cancer surgery might disappear, cardiac surgery was still in its infancy, and there would be continuous progress in traumatic, plastic, and reconstructional surgery.

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