Happy birthday Sir James Paget - 200 years since the birth of Norfolk doctor known as the father of British pathology

Sit James Paget, born January 14, 1814. Sit James Paget, born January 14, 1814.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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A doctor, an author, an orator and an educator - the legacy left by Sir James Paget is much more than the name of a hospital.

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Picture of: Hugh Sturzaker, ex surgeon and author of 25 years annivesary book of James Paget Hospital, at his home Hoblan House, Hobland Road, Gorleston.
Reporter: Stephen Pullinger
For: EDP Sunday
Location: Gorleston
23/08/2007.
Photographer: Rob ColmanPicture of: Hugh Sturzaker, ex surgeon and author of 25 years annivesary book of James Paget Hospital, at his home Hoblan House, Hobland Road, Gorleston. Reporter: Stephen Pullinger For: EDP Sunday Location: Gorleston 23/08/2007. Photographer: Rob Colman

Next month will mark 200 years since Paget’s birth and dozens of events are planned to celebrate the man whose motto was ‘work itself is a pleasure’.

Paget was born on 11 January, 1814 in a mansion on South Quay, Great Yarmouth which had been built the previous year by his father.

He went on to become one of the most famous surgeons of his generation.

He is regarded as the father of British Pathology, and was a great educator, a orator, a writer of 200 books and scientific papers.

The home in South Quay where Sir James Paget was born in 1814.The home in South Quay where Sir James Paget was born in 1814.

He emphasised the need to introduce science into the practice of medicine, showed great compassion for his patients, and described ten medical conditions which had not been previously appreciated.

He was surgeon to Queen Victoria for 41 years and she created him a baronet in 1871.

Retired James Paget University Hospital (JPH) surgeon Hugh Sturzaker is organising the anniversary celebrations.

“The two hundredth anniversary of Sir James’ birth will be a great opportunity to celebrate his many achievements and legacies,” said Mr Sturzaker.

“One of these is the JPH which is looked on by the local community as ‘our hospital’.”

Among the planned celebrations are the following:

Paget Conference at the Burrage Centre, JPH on Saturday 11 January. There will be a group of national speakers who will be looking at Paget’s achievements and legacies and some of the modern methods of investigations and treatment. Cost of £10 includes buffet lunch and refreshments.

Paget Celebratory Dinner at Assembly Room, Great Yarmouth Town Hall, 8pm on Saturday 11 January. Sir Julian Paget, the 4th baronet, will be present and the dress code will be black tie and evening dress. The five course meal will include pre-dinner drinks and wines with the meal for £45. Tables of ten are available.

Civic Service at Great Yarmouth Minster led by the Bishop of Norwich at 11am on Sunday 12 January. This will be an opportunity for the population to come together to give thanks for Sir James Paget.

Exhibition about Sir James in the Minster from Saturday 11 January until Sunday 19 January. Entrance will be free.

Exhibition about Sir James in the Burrage Centre, JPH from Thursday, 9 January until Monday 20 January. Entrance free.

‘Sir James Paget: 200 years young’: a talk by Hugh Sturzaker at Time and Tide Museum on Friday 17 January at 11.30am.

Blue Plaque being unveiled at 100 South Quay, the site where James Paget was born, on Monday 6 January 2014 at 10am.

Sir James Paget: Surgeon Extraordinary: a new book by Hugh Sturzaker will be published in January 2014. It covers the life of Sir James and his many achievements and legacies. There is a chapter on the history of Great Yarmouth and a brief history of the JPH.

People wishing to book for the conference or dinner should send cheques (made out to Paget Bicentenary) to Hugh Sturzaker, Department of Surgery, James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth.

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