ROBERT GEORGE HOGARTH
President of the Nottingham Medico-
Robert George Hogarth:-
Medical Directory 1915
Robert George Hogarth (1868 -
Robert George Hogarth was a Scotsman, native of the Border County of Berwickshire, and was born on May 15th, 1868. He was educated at Felstead School, and went on for his medical training to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, qualifying in 1891. After holding various resident appointments at St. Bartholomew’s and a post as house-
Before he came to the presidency of the British Medical Association he was chairman of the Nottingham Division and in the same year president of the Midland Branch. He served for three years on the Central Council, and in recognition of his services was elected a Vice President. After his tenure of office he rendered some valuable assistance to the Association in the conference concerning patients which was set up in 1931-
In his younger days Hogarth was a great sportsman. He played football with some famous teams, including the Corinthians and the London Caledonians, and occasionally he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was also at one time a noted sprinter and jumper, winning the amateur long-
In 1897 he married a Nottingham lady, Miss Mabel Winifred Lynam, by whom he had one son who died on active service in Italy as a Major in the Grenadier Guards on the 19th July, 1944. His wife was to die a year before him in 1952 after 55 years of marriage. In an obituary to Mr. Hogarth it said:-
In the opening of the same obituary in the British Medical Journal for July of that year it said:-
In a personal tribute to Mr. R. G. Hogarth, Dr. J. Wilkie Scott said of him:-
His career in Nottinghamshire was an outstanding one, and of no one could be more truly that he had the ball at his feet from the start. He was accustomed to say that he owed his appointments as house physician and house surgeon at St. Bartholomew’s to his prowess for the hospital at football, cricket, and athletics. Probably there were more weighty reasons and it may just have been his way of speaking, for Hogarth was ever aware that bare facts were made more piquant by the addition of a little flavour. He certainly had a brilliant record as an athlete. In his last year at Felsted he won the 100 and 220 yard, the quarter mile, and the long and high jumps. At Bart’s he was captain of the cricket and football teams and also of United Hospitals; and he played for various first class football clubs. The trophy he prized the most was the medal awarded him for the open amateur long jump in 1890. During a boyhood spent in the Border Country he acquired proficiency in fishing and shooting, and he retained a love of these throughout his life.
Despite his love of and skill at sports Hogarth was never deflected from his ambition to attain success in life and in surgery in particular. Indeed, his proficiency on the field of sport helped him on his way, bringing him hosts of friends and even to some extent shaping his future. His appointments as surgeon to the Nottingham Forest and Nott’s County Football Clubs led him to take an increasing interest in the treatment of injuries, fractures and joint affections, and his services were often required for accidents in the hunting field. He was largely concerned with the inauguration of the Cripples’ Guild, from which emerged the now well known Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital.
Success came to him quickly. His reputation as a skillful operator and as one having cautious and careful judgment spread, and before long he had a magnificent surgical practice. In his presidential address to the British Medical Association in 1926 on “The Medical Practitioner and the Public” he showed remarkable foresight of the shape of things to come. He took the opportunity to advocate such measures as the provision of wards for paying patients and the extension of contributory schemes to meet the rising costs of hospitals and so possibly enable them to be preserved on a voluntary basis. It was only after the lapse of some years and in the face of opposition that these projects were achieved in the county. He had the rare honour for a provincial surgeon not attached to a teaching hospital of being elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Other distinctions came his way, and he was frankly appreciative of them. In his book of reminiscences, written in unpretentious vein, he looks back upon a life of very varied interests, and pays tribute to many who were his friends and helped him on his way. It seems strange that one of his greatest friends, from whom he derived much inspiration Victor Bonney, should have died within a few days of him.
B.M.J., July 14th, 1953, page 47/8 & July 25th, 1953, page 228.