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Rare WWI Baghdad White Metal Niello Cigarette case
Rare WWI Baghdad Arabic White Metal Niello Cigarette/Card Case Royal Connection Sir Clement Price Thomas KCVO 1893-1973. This fine Middle Eastern case is decorated on the front with a Niello work scene, depicting a walled house with palm trees, a river scene with a boat in the foreground, all within an engraved shaped oval border. The reverse shows a Niello work river scene with a boat, camel and palm tree. The interior has an inscription 'To Mr Clement Price Thomas From Dr Rizali Baghdad' A Fine Quality Piece with a Good Provenence. Clement price Thomas died on 19th March 1973. He was born at Abercarn in Monmouthshire on 22nd November 1893. Clement was educated at Caterham School and was later sent to the Cardiff Medical school, intending to take on dentistry. His training was interrupted by The First World War when he joined the RAMC as a private and served amongst the Middle East theatre. By the time he was demobilized he decided to study medicine and was taken on by Westminster Medical School, where he qualified in 1921. By then his attention had turned towards surgery and two years after clement had qualified he had passed his final FRCS. Surgical registrarships at Westminster were followed by his appointment to the consultant staff as a general surgeon in 1927. Arthur Tudor Edwards, who was already a pioneer figure in the emerging speciality of thoracic surgery. Chest hospital, where he was appointed assistant surgeon in 1933. When Tudor Edwards left Westminster for the London hospital, Clement took over and expanded the thoracic surgical work but not to the exclusion of general surgery, the latter being an interest which he retained throughout his surgical career in spite of an increasing commitment to his speciality. In addition to his major appointments at Westminster and Brompton , he became consultant to King Edward VII Sanatorium at Midhurst, the Welsh Memorial association and the Royal National Hospital, Ventor and visiting consultant to several sanatoria. He later was appointed civilian consultant in thoracic surgery to the army and the Royal Air Force and consultant advisor in thoracic surgery to the Ministry of Health. He was a member of the court of examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England , a council member from 1952 to 1964 at various times he was President of the BMA, the world medical association, the thoracic society of thoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland school of medicine, and the medical protection society. He was a member of many foreign societies concerned with his speciality and from abroad was given honorary degrees by the universities of Paris, Lisbon, Karachi and Athens and an honorary FACS, At home he was recognized by the universities of Wales and Belfast, the Royal College of Physicians of London, and colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in Ireland. At home his special interests in thoracic surgery were influenced by the three pioneers of the time, Tudor Edwards J E H Roberts, and Morriston Davies. He admired all three and their different ways and was quite unaffected by their individual personal rivalries, Outside Great Britain he was to learn much from Clarence Crafoord, Holst and Carl Semb and later was to modify the latters operation of thoracoplasty which became the standard operation in many centres throughout the world. One who influenced his thinking of the problems of tuberculosis more than most others was Coryllos, whose ideas on persistence and closure of tuberculosis cavities formed the basis of his own approach to rationale of collapse therapy and particularity of thoracoplasty in the treatment of this disease. Much of his surgical life was spent in the cra before the use of antituberculosis drugs became widespread and resections for tuberculosis became an acceptable form of treatment. He lived in the transition phase between the two ears and only accepted segmental resections when their safety was adequately demonstrated. He was to live to see the total decline of surgery in the management of pulmonary tuberculosis owing to progressive use of antituberculosis agents. Tuberculosis and lung cancer were the diseases which most occupied his time and attention. He was a believer in radical surgery for lung cancer but much concerned over the sacrifice of healthy lung tissue often necessitated by pncumonectomy. It was not surprising, therefore, that he was an early advocate of lobectomy wherever that was possible and later developed his own operation of sleeve resection which carried conversation of lung tissue one stage further. In 1951 he performed a successful thoracotomy on Kind Edward VI and later created KCVO.


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