Vivian Green-Armytage

Vivian Bartley Green-Armytage (1882–1961)

Vivian Bartley Green-Armytage (1882–1961) was an English gynaecologist.


  • Born 14 August 1882 in Clifton, Bristol
  • 1906 – Medical degree (MB ChB), University of Bristol. MD (1912); MRCP (1917)
  • 1907-1913 Indian Medical Service
  • 1914-1918 Royal Army Medical Corps [Croix of Chevalier of the Legion of Honour; Mons Star; and the Order of the White Eagle of Serbia with Crossed Swords]
  • 1922-1933 Professor of midwifery and gynaecology at the Medical College of Calcutta
  • 1929 – Foundation Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • 1933 – Gynaecological surgeon, West London Hospital
  • 1936 – Gynaecological and obstetric surgeon to the British Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith
  • 1949-1952 Vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Died 11 April 1961

Medical Eponyms

Green-Armytage Forceps (1937)

Atraumatic, broad-ended, haemostatic forceps reduce uterine muscle blood loss in caesarean section

…there is often considerable haemorrhage, venous or arterial, which obscures the view. Hitherto, I have dismissed this by using my hand as a vectis and delivering the foetus, catching up the bleeding edges afterwards, but the severe haemorrhage in one case taught me to devise a better method, and that is to get my assistant to apply to the edges of the incision as it is made, the forceps illustrated which have been constructed for me

They are soft-springed and have transverse serrations. Four of them are applied to the lower, and four to the upper, edges of the incision. They do no injury and stop all oozing. Moreover, being so grooved they can be pulled upon, and so the lower edge is not lost after delivery in a welter of blood and liquor amnii. This manoeuvre permits approximation of the edges, and enables easy and rapid suture of the incision

Green-Armytage 1937

Major Publications



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