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RAMC profile of:
George Elphinstone KEITH M.D.

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Rank: t.Capt


Attached To: H.M.H.S. "Britannic"

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Outcome: Died

Date Died: 06/12/1918
Age Died: 54

Where Buried and/or Commemorated: Italy - Bordighera British Cemetery


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George was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University - entering as a student of medicine in 1882, he qualified M.B., C.M. in 1887, having spent a year on a ranch in Texas before graduating. He held appointments in Edinburgh under the late professor Annandale, and then the following year went to New York, where, after taking the M.D. degree at the Long Island College, Brooklyn, became house surgeon at the Woman’s hospital - whilst there came in close contact with the leading gynecologists of America. George accompanied Lord Randolph Churchill when he went around the world in his vain search for health. He then settled down in Manchester-square, London, where he devoted himself more especially to mid-wifery. He also became part author of a text-book on abdominal surgery, and for 10 or 12 years devoted a large part of his time to the treatment of cancer by injection, the early account of the work being contained in “Cancer: Relief of Pain and Possible Cure.” George had served as a Medical Officer for the Red Cross, 15th Detachment, City of London. He joined the R.A.M.C. in July 1915, and was promoted to Captain in 1916. He entered the war on H.M.H.S. “Britannic” on 23rd September 1916, and was on-board when the hospital ship hit a mine, laid by the U-73, in the Zea Channel, in the Aegean Sea - he survived. George died of pneumonia, following influenza, at No 62 General Hospital, Italy. He was the youngest son of the late Dr Thomas Keith and Elizabeth Johnstone Keith of Edinburgh. He never married.

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