Lives of the fellows

Thomas Davies

b.1792 d.30 May 1839
MD Paris(1821) LRCP(1824) FRCP(1838)

Thomas Davies, M.D., was born in Carmarthenshire, and at a very early age was brought to London, where he received his general education. He commenced the study of medicine at the London hospital under the direction of his maternal uncle, Mr. Price, the apothecary of that institution. He was for two years in general practice in the immediate vicinity of the hospital, when his health gave way and symptoms of consumption showing themselves he was advised to seek a southern climate. He went to Montpelier and to Paris, and his health having much improved, he became a student at the Necker hospital under Laennec, then at the summit of his reputation.

Having acquired a thorough knowledge of auscultation from its discoverer, and graduated doctor of medicine at Paris 8th December, 1821, he returned to London, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1824, and commenced practice as a physician in the city. Dr. Davies soon made a reputation with the medical profession by a course of lectures on diseases of the lungs and heart, which he delivered at his residence in New Broad-street. In these lectures, which were marked by practical good sense, he explained Laennec’s great discovery, and was the first to bring into notice in this country the new method of diagnosis. His lectures were attended by large numbers of the profession, and so high was the opinion formed of his worth and abilities, that on the recommendation of Dr. Billing, an additional office was created for him at the London hospital, that of assistant physician, to which he was elected 5th December,1827.

He did not live to become physician to the hospital. Dr. Davies was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians 4th July, 1838, and dying 30th May, 1839, aged forty-seven, was buried in the churchyard of St. Botolph’s, Bishopsgate. His lectures on the diseases of the lungs and heart, which had appeared in the London Medical Gazette, were published in one volume 8vo. 1835.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 289)

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