Lives of the fellows

Richard Tonson Evanson

b.1806 d.26 October 1871
MB BS Glasg(1832) MD FRCP(1859) FRCSI

A native of County Clare, Richard Evanson first studied medicine under Sir Philip Crampton, an army surgeon, who maintained a private dissection room in his house in Dublin. He obtained his medical degree at Glasgow University in 1832. He entered private practice in Dublin in that year and was appointed lecturer on materia medica at the Park Street Medical School. Here Evanson was associated with Sir Henry Marsh and a group whose teaching earned a European reputation for the School. It was during this period that he published, with H. Maunsell, the Treatise on Children's Diseases (1836) for which he was best remembered. He left the School in 1836 to become professor of medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

In 1843, at a time when he seemed destined for high honours, Evanson fell victim to an illness which compelled him to seek a more temperate climate abroad. During his wanderings on the Continent, he continued to practise his profession, and many English travellers were among his patients. He retired to Torquay and, although a sick man, contributed frequently to medical literature as well as publishing a book of verse. In the year of his death he was chosen by his colleagues to preside over the hospitality offered to members of the B.M.A. attending its meeting at Plymouth.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1871; B.M.J., 1871; W. I. Addison, Roll of Graduates of the University of Glasgow, 1727-1897, 1898, 182]

(Volume IV, page 105)

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