George Grey Turner

George Grey Turner (1877 – 1951)

George Grey Turner (1877 – 1951) was an English surgeon.

Eponymously affiliated with Grey Turner sign after his description of flank ecchymosis in 1919. Global traveler had audiences with the Pope, Mussolini, the King of Italy and King Alfonso of Spain.

Involved in the embryonic stages of cancer research, he anticipated the development of chemotherapy and published a hopeful tome entitled – Some Encouragements in Cancer Surgery in 1925.

We shall never overcome cancer by surgery: it will be something we will inject


  • Born 8 September 1877
  • Medical degree from Newcastle Medical School
  • 1899 – Royal Victoria Infirmary, under Rutherford Morrison
  • 1903 – Fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons
  • WWI – Served with the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • 1927 – Professor of Surgery in the University of Durham
  • 1934 – President of the Medical Society of London/li>
  • Died 24 August 1951

Medical Eponyms

  • Grey Turner sign: (1919) atraumatic abdominal ecchymosis, in particular – bruising of the flanks.

Major Publications


  • White, H. An outstanding ISS/SIC surgeon: George Grey Turner. World J Surg. 2003 May;27(5):511-3. Epub 2003 Apr 28. [PMID 12715212]
  • Willan RJ. George Grey Turner. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1951 Oct; 9(4): 274–276. [PMC2238564]
  • Biography: George Grey Turner (1877–1951). Br J Surg. 1965 Sep;52:641-6. [PMID 14338309]
  • Welbourn RB. George Grey Turner, 1877-1951. Centenary Celebration at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 1978 Jul;60(4):298. [PMC2492112]
  • Guthrie D. George Grey Turner 1877-1951. Trans Meet Am Surg Assoc Am Surg Assoc. 1952;70:433-5. [PMID 13005625]

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the person behind the name

Dr Chloe Roy MBChB, BMed Sci (hons). Surgeon in the making | LinkedIn |

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