Phillips, Miles H. (Miles Harris)

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Miles Harris Phillips was born in Portishead, near Bristol in 1875. Following a sound medical education at University College Bristol, Bristol Royal Infirmary, and King's College, London, from which he graduated with honours in obstetrics, he travelled to Japan as a ship's surgeon to recuperate from an illness, and returned to a position as house surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary. In 1904 he began his long association with the Jessop Hospital for Women, Sheffield, joining as resident house surgeon, and rising to senior surgeon and part-time professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Sheffield University between 1921 and 1935. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1903, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1937 and received honorary doctorates from Bristol and Sheffield in 1933 and 1939. He was President of the North of England Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society (1918-1920), part-time Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sheffield (1921-1935), and President of the obstetrics and gynaecology section of the Royal Society of Medicine (1937), and was also instrumental in restoring the library of William Smellie. On his retirement from the Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and his hospital appointments in 1935, he returned to the West and settled in Laugharne, Camarthenshire. It was by no means a peaceful retirement, as he soon found that rural west Wales was in need of an organised obstetric and gynaecological service, and he helped to arrange and integrate existing hospital services in the province.

A Foundation Fellow of the RCOG from 1929, and member of Council between 1929 and 1940, Phillips was a Vice-President (1937 -1940) and an energetic member of the College. He was, among other things, a member of the Library Committee until his death, and served as an external examiner and member of various other committees. Phillips brought attention to 'Obstetric Shock' with his paper in 1934 and was a pioneer of many techniques which are now commonplace, in particular in respect to hysterectomies. He was a great lecturer and teacher and is probably best remembered as an avid collector of obstetrical works, a hobby which started around 1930. He died in Northampton in January 1965 at the age of 89.

From the guide to the Papers of Professor Miles Harris Phillips, 1908 - 1961, (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists)

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referencedIn 'Historical Review of British Obstetrics and Gynaecology': Presentation copy, 1954 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
referencedIn Personal and professional papers of William Blair-Bell (the 'Datnow Papers'), 1909-1938 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
referencedIn Photographs of GVS Visit to Vienna, 1935, 1935 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
creatorOf Papers of Professor Miles Harris Phillips, 1908 - 1961 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
creatorOf Miles Phillips: 'Mr Mckenzie's lectures on midwifery', 9 February 1954 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
creatorOf Phillips, Miles H. (Miles Harris). Letter : Laugharne, Wales, to Josephine Barnes, [19--] Feb. 12. Texas Christian University
creatorOf Phillips, Miles H. (Miles Harris). Letter : Laugharne, Wales, to Josephine Barnes, [19--] Feb. 12. University of Chicago Library
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associatedWith Barnes, Josephine. person
associatedWith Bell, William Blair-., 1871-1936 person
associatedWith Bell, William Blair., 1871-1936 person
associatedWith Blenkinsop, Henry. ( fl. 1860s) person
associatedWith Charlotte Augusta. Princess of Wales, 1796-1817 person
associatedWith Colebrook, Leonard., 1883-1967 person
associatedWith Davis, Daniel David., 1777-1841 person
associatedWith Denman, Thomas., 1733-1815 person
associatedWith E&S Livingstone Ltd corporateBody
associatedWith E&S Livingstone Publishers Ltd corporateBody
associatedWith Evans, B Ifor., fl. 1933 person
associatedWith Gynaecological Visiting Society corporateBody
associatedWith Hinselmann, Hans., 1884-1959 person
associatedWith Holland, Eardley Lancelot., 1879-1967 person
associatedWith Johnstone, Robert William., 1879-1969 person
associatedWith Kennedy, J., fl. 1942 person
associatedWith Kerr, John Martin Munro., 1868-1960 person
associatedWith Lowry, Charles Gibson., 1880-1951 person
associatedWith Mackenzie, Colin., 1697-1775 person
associatedWith Mauquest de La Motte, Guillaume, 1655-1737. person
associatedWith Ministry of Health corporateBody
associatedWith Moir, John Chassar., 1900-1977 person
associatedWith Peachey, George., fl. 1945 person
associatedWith Pettigrew, Daniel., fl. 1895 person
associatedWith Radcliffe, Walter. ( fl. 1950s) British general practitioner person
associatedWith Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists corporateBody
associatedWith Rucker, Pierce. ( fl. 1950s) American obstetrician person
associatedWith Rucker, Pierce., fl. 1951 person
associatedWith Shaw, Sir William Fletcher., 1878-1961 person
associatedWith Smellie, William., 1697-1763 person
associatedWith Spencer, Herbert Ritchie., 1860-1941 person
associatedWith Thomas, Geoffrey Benion., b. 1908 person
associatedWith Willughby, Percival., 1596-1685 person
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Medical education
Maternal health
Maternal mortality
Professional associations
Puerperal disorders
Women's Health


Birth 1875

Death 1965



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