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Portrait details: Painted by A.J. Wilson, 1965

Peter Paul Debono

Professor of Surgery

Born:
Valletta, 29/06/1890; died: 03/06/1958. Education: Lyceum [1898-1904]; University of Malta [1904-1910]; continued postgraduate studies in the UK. Qualifications: Ph.C. [Malta, 1906]; M.D. [Malta, 1910], D.P.H. [London, 1911], F.R.C.S. [London, 1920]. Career: Government Health Service – temporary Medical Officer Health (Zejtun district) [1911]; pathologist [1914-1918]; Medical Officer of Public Health [1918-19]; Junior Surgeon [1919-26]; Senior Surgeon [1926-1951]. During World War I joined British Services as Civil Surgeon serving also as Anaesthetist to Royal Navy [1914-16] and Pathologist & Bacteriologist to the RAMC [1916-18]; Honorary Visiting Surgeon at the Malta War Memorial Hospital for Children [1922]. University of Malta - Assistant Lecturer in anatomy and histology [1911-1917]; eventually appointed Professor of Surgery [1926-1951]; eventually appointed Professor Emeritus [1951]. Achievements: was a pioneer in surgery in Malta introducing many new surgical procedures including closure of a patent ductus arteriosus [1947] and was responsible for the surgical services during World War II. Published a number of scientific papers in the field of surgery. Served as council member of the St. John Ambulance Association, the Medical Board of Health, Council of Health and the Board for the Examination of Lepers. Was active in politics in the interests of the Labour Party; served as Minister of Health [1947-1950]; and as Speaker of the Assembly [1948-1950]; represented government in Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference [1948, 1949]; contested 1950 elections with the Malta Workers Party but was unelected; awarded the O.B.E. [1940].
References:
 P. Cassar: Professor Peter Paul Debono [19th June 1890 – 3rd June 1958]. The Man and his Times. St. Luke’s Hospital Gazaette, 1975, 10(2):p.127-150; C. Savona-Ventura: Debono, Pietru Pawl. Maltese biographies of the twentieth century [eds. M.J. Schiavone; L.J. Scerri]. PIN, Malta, 1997, p.212; F. Galea: Debono, Pietru P. Mexxejja Hassieba u Deputati Laburisti 1920-2000. S.K.S., Malta, 2000, p.95-96


 
   
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