Thomas Shephard Novis

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Thomas Shephard Novis FRCS (3 December 1874 – 2 March 1962), was a British surgeon with the Indian Medical Service. [1]

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Novis was born on 3 December 1874. He was educated at Bedford Modern School and trained at the London Hospital where he qualified as MRCS and LRCP in 1897. [2] [3] He joined the Indian Medical Service in 1898 and was promoted to Captain in 1901, Major in 1910 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1918. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1910 and became Professor of Surgery and Senior Surgeon at the Grant Medical College and Sir Jamshedjee Jeejeebhoy Group of Hospitals, Bombay. [4]

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Thomas Novis retired from the Indian Medical Service in 1927. He died in Cape Town on 2 March 1962. [1]

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