Geoffrey Jefferson

Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886 – 1961)

Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886 – 1961) British Neurosurgeon.

Eponymously affiliated with the Jefferson fracture – a complex burst fracture of the ring of the atlas (C1)

Biography

  • Born 1886
  • 1909 – Medical degree, University of Manchester
  • 1911 – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
  • WW I – Anglo-Russian Hospital in Petrograd, Russia and Royal Army Medical Corps in France
  • 1919 – Salford Royal Hospital
  • 1925 – Performed the first successful embolectomy
  • 1934 – Neurosurgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • 1939 – First chair of neurosurgery in Great Britain. University of Manchester.
  • 1947 – Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 1948 – Lister Medal with Lister Oration (1949) – Mind of the Mechanical Man
  • Died 1961

Key Medical Attributions:

  • More about medical contributions

Medical Eponyms

  • Jefferson fracture (1920)
  • Jefferson syndrome – disease picture associated with aneurysms of the internal carotid artery (1938)

Major Publications

References

  • Schurr P. So That Was Life – Biography of Sir Geoffrey Jefferson Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd (June 1997)
  • Biography: Jefferson, Sir Geoffrey (1886 – 1961). Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online. Royal College of Surgeons of England.
  • Horwitz NH. Library: historical perspective. Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961). Neurosurgery. 1999 Jan;44(1):227-31. [PMID 9894988]
  • Schurr PH. Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961): a founder of British neurosurgery. J Med Biogr. 2000 Aug;8(3):156-61. [PMID 10954924]
  • Schurr PH. Sir Geoffrey Jefferson 1886-1961. Br J Neurosurg. 1998 Jun;12(3):205-8. [PMID 11013680]
  • Guthkelch AN. Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961), neurosurgeon, physiologist, philosopher. J Neurosurg. 1987 May;66(5):642-7. [PMID 3553452]
  • Hunter TB, Peltier LF, Lund PJ. Radiologic history exhibit. Musculoskeletal eponyms: who are those guys? RadioGraphics 2000; 20: 819-36. [Full Text]

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