Lives of the fellows

Philip Frank

b.14 July 1830 d.17 March 1913
MD Berlin(1853) MRCS FRCP(1871)

Philip Frank was born in Manchester and studied medicine in England and at Berlin, where he graduated in 1853 and became closely acquainted with the great German scientists of the day. He joined the Army as an assistant surgeon in 1855 and served in Malta, South Africa and India, whence he was invalided home three years later. A further spell of work at Berlin and in the Army Medical School was followed by his resignation from the Service in 1862. He then spent some five winters abroad as Lord Brownlow’s private physician and began practice at Mentone. In 1868 he settled in Cannes, where he spent the next thirty years, apart from service with the Anglo-American Ambulance at the Battle of Sedan and elsewhere in the Franco-German War. He built up a large consulting practice which included patients of all nationalities, many of whom became his friends. After retiring to Kensington, he was a frequent visitor to the wards and operating theatres of London hospitals and would often contribute, in his own modest way, to clinical discussions. Frank married in 1871 a daughter of the second Marquess of Westminster and had one daughter.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1913; B.M.J., 1913; Roll of Army Medical Service, 5407]

(Volume IV, page 194)

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