David Bruce Naval Hospital Mtarfa

Regimental Surgeons of the Malta Garrison
Duffey George Frederick

Assistant Surgeon George Frederick Duffey MB
20 June 1843 – ?

George Frederick Duffey

George Frederick Duffey
(Lt Col Foster's collection of Netley photos - Courtesy AMS Museum Keogh Barracks)

30 Sept 1864 Staff Assistant Surgeon.

26 May 1865 Assistant Surgeon 24th (2nd Warwickshire) Regiment of Foot.

Malta 13 Oct 1866 Arrived from England.

Malta 1867 On regimental duties.

Malta 4 May 1868 To England on private leave.

Malta 25 Nov 1868 Returned to Malta.

Malta 1869 On regimental duties.

Malta 17 June 1870 To England on leave.

Malta 2 Sept 1870 Returned to Malta.

Malta 25 Mar 1871 Resigned.

In his publication of Feb 1872, On the origin of Rheumatic Orchitis, Duffey remarked on the frequency of the occurrence of rheumatic affections as a sequelae of the fevers seen in Malta, which had been repeatedly noticed by the medical officers of the army and navy who had served on that station. Duffey observed that in Malta there were two main forms of fever: First ephemeral fever or febricula which is common during the summer and is attributable to climate; its usual duration is three days but occasionally the pyrexia is prolonged to a week 9ephemera protracta), and succeeded by considerable debility. Secondly a fever or fevers also of the continued type, described by different observers under a number of names gastric remittent, bilious fever, Maltese fever, common continued fever, long fever, gastric fever, typhoid fever. Duffey after five years in Malta believed them all to be varieties of enteric fever.


  1. Entry No: 6161. Johnston W. Roll of Commissioned Offices in the Medical Service of the British Army. Vol 1 (20 June 1727-23 June 1898), Aberdeen (1917).
  2. TNA:WO 25/3901, 1790–1847, Statement of the Home and Foreign Service of officers of the Medical Department.
  3. The Malta Almanac for 1871.
  4. Succession Book Vol 13. Returns of service of medical officers in the Regular Army.
  5. Duffey G. F., MD Dub LKQCPI, On Rheumatic orchitis as a sequel to fever. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science 1 Feb 1872.