Lives of the fellows

Arthur Wellesley Edis

b.1840 d.9 December 1893
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1879)

Arthur Edis was born in Huntingdonshire and educated at Huntingdon and Aldenham Grammar Schools. He took a course in agriculture and veterinary surgery at Cirencester before becoming a medical student at Westminster Hospital. After qualifying in 1862, he studied in Vienna, Berlin and Paris. He was in Sedan immediately after the battle in 1870 and assisted in the treatment of the wounded, and again, in Paris, after the Commune, he did further active ambulance work. Then, after a short period spent in studying insanity at Ticehurst Asylum, where he was resident physician, he devoted himself, as a specialist, to the diseases of women. He was for five years assistant physician to the Hospital for Women, Soho Square, and became in 1874 assistant obstetric physician and later full physician and lecturer on the diseases of women at the Middlesex Hospital, resigning on account of the pressure of his private practice in 1889. He also served on the staffs of the Chelsea Hospital for Women, the British Lying-In Hospital and the St. George’s and St. James’ Dispensary. His best-known work was his manual on Diseases of Women (1881), but a pamphlet that he wrote on Counter Seats for Shopwomen (1878) had a great influence in calling public attention to the long hours that young women were required to remain standing in shops. Edis’s wife was a sister of Dr. John Murray.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1893; B.M.J., 1893]

(Volume IV, page 263)

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