Great Yarmouth History

James Paget

Parents Samuel Paget
Sarah Paget, formerly Tolver
Born South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk
(Tuesday 11th January 1814)
Married Lydia North
St Mary's Church, Bryanston Square, London
(Thursday 23rd May 1844)
Children Catherine Paget
John Rahere Paget
Francis Paget
Henry Luke Paget
Stephen Paget
Mary Maude Paget
Died At Home, 5 Park Square West, Regent's Park, London.
(Saturday 30th December 1899)
Buried Finchley Cemetery, London. Funeral service at Westminster Abbey
Sir James Paget, 1st Baronet, British surgeon and pathologist

The year of James Paget's birth, 1814, coincided with a major medical breakthrough. Joseph Carpue, who was a London surgeon and anatomist of some renown carried out the first plastic surgery in Britain when he rebuilt the nose of a wounded soldier.

You will undoubtedly have heard of plastic surgery even if you have not heard of its earliest pioneer Joseph Carpue. The work of James Paget was not in such a dramatic and glamourous branch of medicine, but rather in pathology, the study and diagnosis of disease.

James Paget himself rose to great heights in the medical profession eventually becoming Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and Surgeon in Ordinary to the Prince of Wales. He was rewarded for his services to medicine on Saturday 19th August 1871 when he became the 1st Baronet Paget of Harewood Place.

During his distinguished medical career, James Paget put his name to a number of discoveries which are listed below. As in all fields of research collaborations exist and in this respect James Paget was no different, so the credit for some of his findings are properly shared with others. I have not attempted to explain the work of James Paget, I have left this to others. For those interested in learning details of Sir James' achievements, the links below can be used as a starting point. Good Luck!