Lives of the fellows

Henry Davies

b.1782 d.9 January 1862
MD Aberd(1823) LRCP(1823) FRCP(1839)

Henry Davies, M.D., was descended from a very old Welsh yeoman family originally seated at St. David’s, Pembrokeshire, from which they removed early in the last century to Haverfordwest, in the same county. His father was a surgeon, originally, in the navy, on retiring from which he settled in general practice in St. Martin’s-lane. Dr. Henry Davies began his medical education by an apprenticeship to Mr. Hammond, of Town Mailing, in Kent, after which he attended the lectures of Dr. Pearson, Mr. Carpue, and Mr. Brookes. He became a member of the College of Surgeons in 1803, and then entered the medical department of the army and served in various parts of Europe and America. He settled in London in 1817, but made short visits to Paris, Dublin, and Edinburgh for the sake of attending the hospitals and medical schools.

He was created doctor of medicine by the university of Aberdeen 26th September, 1823; was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1823; and a Fellow 30th September, 1839. Dr. Davies devoted himself to midwifery, and was long a lecturer on that subject, latterly, at St. George’s hospital. "He was a man of kindly disposition, and great shrewdness and tact at the bedside." In 1851, he found that deafness, which had for some years been increasing upon him, so unfitted him from practice, that he withdrew from it and from London; but an idle life was so unsuitable to him, that after a year’s absence he returned to town, where he continued to enjoy some share of practice and the society of his family and friends, until attacked by fever, of which he died, 9th January, 1862, in the eightieth year of his age.(1)

Dr. Davies was the author of The Young Wife’s Guide; and he edited the last edition of Underwood on the Diseases of Children.

William Munk

[(1) Proc. Med. Chir. Soc., iv, p. 83.]

(Volume III, page 279)

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