Robert Symon Garden (1910 - 1982)

Robert Symon Garden (1910-1982) was a Scottish Orthopaedic surgeon.

Vigorously campaigned for the improvement of the ‘orthopaedic and accident department‘. One of the first to organise direct radio links between his department and the ambulance service

Eponymously affiliated with the Garden classification of intracapsular femoral neck fractures

  • Born on August 2, 1910 Macduff, Scotland
  • 1934 – Graduated Aberdeen University. MCh Orth (1936); Edinburgh FRCS (1939)
  • David Lewis Northern Hospital and the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital under Prof TP McMurray
  • After the outbreak of WWII, Mr Garden worked briefly in Southport, treating the injured returning from Dunkirk.
  • 1942-1945 Commanded No 3 Orthopaedic Centre in Egypt, North Africa and Italy
  • 1946 – Demobilised with rank Lieutenant-Colonel
  • 1948 – Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Preston and Chorley Group of Hospitals
  • Died on October 16, 1982

Medical Eponyms

Garden classification of hip fractures (1961)

Garden Cannulated Screw

Major Publications




the person behind the name

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