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Name: ROSS, Philip Hedgeland (Dr.)

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Birth Date: 1876 Christchurch, New Zealand

Death Date: 6 Aug 1929 Sherborne, Dorset

First Date: 1903

Profession: Joined EAP Medical Service as a Bacteriologist, first appointment of that nature in colony. Owing to increasing ill health he retired in 1913.

Area: Nairobi, Makindu, Kisumu

Married: 29.10.1908 Constance Vere Bell (dau of Col. John William Bell, one of Kenya's earliest colonists)

Children: Philip (3 hrs old d. 26 July 1910 Nairobi South cem); Ian David Hedgeland (1911)

Book Reference: Gillett, SE, HBEA, EAHB 1905, Staff 39, Red 31, North, Playne, Drumkey, Carman, Advertiser, EAHB 1906, EAHB 1907, Leader14, Red Book 1912, Web, Red 19

School: Christ's College, New Zealand, Otago University; St. Bart's Hospital, MRCS (England), LRCP (London)

General Information:

SE - Dr P.H. Ross - Dec 1909 As result of his hard work & knowledge it was possible to produce an adequate supply of lymph with which the vaccination against smallpox could be carried out on a large scale.
EAHB 1905 - DPH Cambridge, 1902; Bacteriologist, EA and Uganda Protectorates, Aug. 7th 1903.
Playne - Mr Ross was educated at Christ's College, New Zealand, Otago University, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, and was appointed Medical Officer for Bacteriological Research in 1903 (September 2nd). He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Public Health, and Membre Correspondent de la Societe de Pathologie Exotique.
Drumkey 1909 - Medical Dept. - Medical Officer for Bacteriological Research
Advertiser - 6/11/1908 - Wedding - P.H. Ross - Microscopologist of Vet. Dept. and Miss Vere, daughter of Lt. Col. Bell, CMG of Parklands.
Red Book 1912 - P.H. Ross - Nairobi
Red Book 1912 - Medical Dept - Medical Officer, Bacteriological Research - Nairobi
Red Book 1912 - Registered Medical Practitioner
Web - British Medical Journal 1930 - Dr. Philip Hedgeland Ross, who died last year while on a visit to England, was the first director of laboratories in the British East African Protectorate. He was born in New Zealand in 1876, and received his medical education at the University of Otago and at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He obtained the diplomas MRCS, LRCP in 1900, and the DPH Cambridge 2 years later. In 1903 he was appointed to the East African Medical Service, and subsequently became Government bacteriologist to the East African and Uganda Protectorates, where he rendered most valuable services in combating epidemic diseases such as plague, and in research work relating to the transmission of trypanosomiasis and African relapsing fever. In March 1916, he became honorary adviser to the Director of Medical Services in East Africa, and at Nairobi reduced the death rate from bacterial dysentery by means of a carbolized polyvalent vaccine which he prepared. Owing to failing health he was invalided out of the East African Service and returned to New Zealand in 1919. He published a large number of articles in various medical journals relating especially to vaccine therapy and tropical diseases. Dr Ross was a member of the British Medical Association. He leaves a widow and one son.
Red Book 1919 - Laboratories Dept. - Director of Laboratories - P.H. Ross
EAHB 1905 - Medical Officer, Makindu.
Staff 39 - Medical Officer, Medical Dept., Kenya in 1939, appointed 1926.
Barnes - Nairobi South Cemetery - Philip Ross, child of Dr. Philip H. Ross, died 26 Jul 1910

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