Lives of the fellows

Thomas Dickson

b.1726 d.1 June 1784
MD Leyden(1746) LRCP(1765) FRS(1770)

Thomas Dickson, M.D., was born at Dumfries, and took his degree of doctor of medicine at Leyden 8th April, 1746 (D.M.I. de Sanguinis Missione). He was elected physician to the London hospital 1st May, 1759; and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 9th February, 1765. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society 17th May, 1770. Dr. Dickson was a man of considerable attainments, a good Greek scholar, and well read in his profession. "He was," says a contemporary account, "a man of singular humanity and generosity; he had a warm heart and an open hand; he was a man of strict probity, and died a Christian believer." His death, which occurred at his house in Broad-street buildings, 1st June, 1784, was caused by pulmonary consumption. He was buried by his own directions in the church of St. Mary, Whitechapel, where there was a monument with the following inscription:—
In memory of
Thomas Dickson, M.D., F.R.S.,
born at Dumfries, educated at Edinburgh and Leyden,
25 years physician to the London Hospital.
A man of singular probity, loyalty, and humanity;
kind to his relations, beloved by all who knew him;
learned and skilful in his profession,
unfe’ed by the poor,
he lived to do good,
and died a Christian believer,
June 1, 1784, aged 58 years.

Dr. Dickson communicated several papers to the "Medical Observations and Inquiries," and was the author of—
A Treatise on Blood-letting. 8vo. Lond. 1763.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 260)

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