History Of The RCSEd

Posted: May 17, 2008 in Dr. Alfred W. Pearson: Jack The Ripper
surgeonshallI just thought that I would post this information up, as I believe that Magpie will find it interesting. Remember when Magpie stated that Dr. Pearson was not qualified to perform surgery because he did not attain a Fellowship? Well, truth be told, he was not required to write the Fellowship Examination, because it was not reintroduced until 1884, the same year that Pearson was appointed as Medical Officer of the Kingswinford No. 3 District. Read the following from the History of the Royal College Of Surgeons of Edinburgh:
During the first two centuries of its existence, the Surgeons admitted to membership those apprentices who had been trained for six years by master surgeons and who had given satisfactory service. A statutory fee had to be paid and the aspiring surgeon was required to produce his ‘ticket’ as a Burgess of the City of Edinburgh, but the most important condition of entry was the passing of an examination, conducted by the senior members of the Incorporation.
In 1851, it was decided that admission to the Fellowship of the College should be purely by election. It was not until 1884 that the Fellowship Examination was re-introduced. From its inception, the examination flourished and the recruitment of candidates increased steadily. A considerable number of those were from overseas and soon many Fellows of the College were to be found in senior surgical posts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, India and in all other parts of what was then the British Empire.
During the 20th Century, the form and content of the examinations have been progressively adapted to changes in surgical science and practice and in accordance with changing patterns of surgical training. The College has always been prompt to recognise the need for such adaptation, which it has managed to achieve without any diminution of standards.
More information about the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh can be found here:

Magpie, if you were a serious researcher, you would have found this information on the RCSE, instead of obtaining information from dodgy websites, and sites with information on Surgical qualifications in England. Pearson received his Double Licentiateship from Edinburgh, which had its own Colleges and qualification standards.


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