Lives of the fellows

Alexander Fleming

b.1824 d.21 August 1875
MD Edin FRCP(1859)

Born at Edinburgh, Alexander Fleming was a student at the University and graduated in 1844, winning a gold medal for his M.D. thesis on aconite, which led to the introduction of a uniform tincture named after him. After long visits to the Paris, Vienna and Prague hospitals, he returned to his birthplace and acted as joint editor of The Edinburgh Monthly Journal of the Medical Sciences for some years. He then held the chair of materia medica at Queen’s College, Cork, for a time, before settling, in 1858, in Birmingham, where he held a similar professorship at Queen’s College as well as the post of physician to Queen’s Hospital. He was also on the staff of the Women’s Hospital and the Ear and Throat Infirmary, and a member of the Council of Queen’s College after the amalgamation of the Birmingham medical schools. Fleming was a methodical and lucid teacher, with an extensive knowledge of drugs.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1875; D.N.B., xix, 273]

(Volume IV, page 106)

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