Lives of the fellows

John Birt Davies

b.30 May 1799 d.11 December 1878
MD Edin(1822) FRCP(1859) JP

J. B. Davies was a Welshman born at Natley Scures, Hampshire, who graduated as M.D. at Edinburgh in 1822 and then settled in practice at Birmingham. His first hospital appointment here was that of physician to the General Dispensary. He failed, to obtain a similar post at the General Hospital, partly, it was said, because of his participation in local politics as a Liberal. He was a strong supporter of William Sands Cox in his foundation of the medical school known, after 1836, as the Birmingham Royal School of Medicine and Surgery, which became in 1843 the Queen’s College, and he occupied its chair of forensic medicine for many years. He was also, until 1860, one of the physicians to the Queen’s Hospital, opened in 1841. In 1839 — a year in which the Liberals secured the incorporation of Birmingham — he was elected as the city’s first coroner and, in this capacity, presided over many thousands of inquests before his resignation in 1875.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1879; Birmingham Medical Review, 1879, viii, 100; The Medical School of the University of Birmingham, 1939]

(Volume IV, page 103)

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