Naughton Dunn – A History

@ The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital

Mr Dunn was born in Aberdeen in 1884 and was educated in the grammar school and university of that city, graduating in medicine in 1909.

His interest in orthopaedic surgery began with his appointment as house surgeon to the late Sir Robert Jones at the Royal Southern Hospital, some years before the Great War.

At the end of 1917 Sir Robert Jones transferred Major Dunn to Birmingham as surgeon in charge of all military orthopaedic hospitals in the area.

Following his training in orthopaedic surgery, he transferred to Birmingham, where he became associated with the Birmingham Cripples Union.

He was connected with many hospitals in the Midlands, both in an active and in an advisory capacity, and he held a very important post of lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Birmingham.

He played major part in amalgamating both the Birmingham Cripples’ Union and the Woodlands with the Royal Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital to become the first Royal Cripples’ Hospital and now the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Wider recognition of the value and originality of his work came to him through his efforts during and after the Great War.

He was a founding member of the British Orthopaedic Association of which he was president in 1938/39.


Reproduced with permission from the ROH

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