Nottingham Hospitals History



(1878 - 1940)

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1925 - 1926.

Herbert Bell Tawse 16, Regent Street, Nottingham. M.R.C.S.. 8th December 1904; F.R.C.S. 8th December 1904; M.B., Ch.B. Aberdeen 1900. Senior Honorary Surgeon, Nottingham Children’s Hospital; Honorary Surgeon Ear Nose and Throat Department, General Hospital, Nottingham; Aural Surgeon, Nottingham Education Committee. Member of the Committee in the Board of Education to enquire into the Prevention of Adenoids & Enlarged Tonsils; Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. (Member of the Laryngological Section). President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society. Member of the British Medical Association. Late House Surgeon, Throat Hospital, Golden Square; Clinical Assistant, London Throat Hospital; Clinical Assistant, Aural & Throat department, London Hospital.

Medical Directory 1926


Mr. Tawse, who was born in Aberdeen in 1878, received his medical education at Aberdeen University, from, which after a distinguished career as a student, he graduated with honours in 1900. After subsequent study at King’s College Hospital and the London Hospital he took the F.R.C.S. in 1904, and proceeded to devote himself to the study of laryngology, which was to be his life’s work. After an appointment as house-surgeon to the Throat Hospital, Golden Square, he settled in Nottingham, and within a short time was elected honorary assistant surgeon to the Children’s Hospital and later, to the General Hospital, Nottingham. Later still he was appointed honorary surgeon to the throat and nose department, was also consulting laryngologist to the Ransom Sanatorium and the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Education Committees.

In his earlier days Mr. Tawse was for a long time secretary of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society, one of the eldest medical societies in England, becoming its president in 1925. He did much to further its development and influence; with one or two others he took a leading part in acquiring a find old town house as its headquarters, which afforded not only an excellent lecture room and library, but also facilities for encouraging social life among the medical profession in Nottingham. Mr. Tawse was well known in laryngological circles throughout the country, and when the British Medical Association met at Nottingham in 1926 he acted as vice-president of the Section of Laryngology and Otology, and at the Aberdeen meeting of the Association in 1939 he was president of the Section of Oto-Rhino-Laryngology. He had been a member of the British Medical Association for thirty years. He made many contributions to the literature on his speciality. He was a member of the committee appointed by the Board of Education to consider the causes and prevention of enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Herbert Bell Tawse died on November 12th 1940. In a tribute, a colleague wrote the following: -

By the death of Herbert Tawse the profession sustains a severe loss. he has been a notable and outstanding figure in the medical life of Nottingham for many years. Not only as an eminent exponent of his speciality but also as a man of affairs will he be missed. I remember well a remark which was made by a senior member of the hospital staff soon after is arrival in Nottingham: “I am much impressed by such mature judgement in a young man.” This quality, coupled with shrewd common-sense and a gift of expressing himself simply and directly, ensured that one could expect, and did infact always receive, a helpful opinion, whether in consultation over a case or in committee, in the matters relating to hospital management his views were always regarded with respect. He was an intense worker, and any project undertaken was pursued with unflagging resolution to its completion. With all this he had a keen and kindly sense of humour, and was never at a loss in repartee. His interests apart from work were in a country life, and especially with rod or gun. He delighted in extending hospitality to his many friends, whether at Wymeswold or in his Aberdeenshire house on the Don. They will long remember the thoughtfulness and kindness of a perfect host.

B.M.J., December 7, 1940.