Lives of the fellows

Thomas Bell Elcock Fletcher

b.1806 d.21 October 1897
MD Paris FRCP(1848) JP

Thomas Fletcher was born at Shifnal and received his medical education in Paris, where he graduated. After some years of practice in London, he moved to Birmingham and in 1838 was appointed physician to the General Dispensary. Ten years later he became physician to the Birmingham General Hospital, with which he was to be connected for nearly fifty years. He was also consulting physician to the South Salop Infirmary, the Midland Counties Hospital for Women, the Birmingham Orthopaedic Hospital and the West Bromwich Hospital, and it was largely through his efforts that the Midland Counties Asylum for Idiots was founded. In his earlier years, he founded two Schools of Medicine in Birmingham. The first of these failed; but at the second, Sydenham College, he acted as principal and lecturer on medicine from its foundation in 1851 until the scheme for its amalgamation with Queen’s College was proposed in 1867. After retiring to Leamington at the age of eighty-one, he accepted the post of medical adviser to the Visiting Justices of Licensed Houses for the Care of the Insane in Warwickshire. When he died, ten years later, he was one of the oldest practitioners in the British Isles.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1897; B.M.J., 1897]

(Volume IV, page 50)

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