Lives of the fellows

Henry Hurry Iles Goodeve

b.13 May 1807 d.17 June 1884
MD Edin(1829) FRCS FRCP(1860) JP

Henry Goodeve was born at Portsmouth, the son of John Goodeve, banker, who came of a Norfolk family, and his wife Elizabeth Hurry. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, where he graduated as M.D. in 1829. In 1831 he joined the Bengal Medical Service, having previously assisted his brother, Dr. Edward Goodeve, as lecturer on anatomy at Clifton and his cousin Frederick Denison Maurice in editing the Athenaeum. For his first four years in India, he was stationed at Rampur, although he also took part in the operation against the Kols in 1832. While out shooting, he received a bullet wound which left his face permanently paralysed. On the foundation of the Calcutta Medical College in 1835, he was made its first professor of midwifery and anatomy. He developed a large practice in obstetrics and yet found time to further schemes of reform in all spheres. In 1844 he wrote Hints on Children in India, which passed through many later editions. He left India in 1845 on grounds of ill health and for three years superintended the medical training of four Brahmin students at University College, London—a project which he himself had planned. On the outbreak of the Crimean War, he volunteered for service and was appointed inspector of civil hospitals at Renkioi. After his return, he occupied a house of his own design overlooking the Avon gorge at Bristol. His retirement was far from inactive. Giving himself over to numerous public services and a keen supporter of the Volunteer movement, he was a well-known figure in Bristol. He married Isabella Barlow at the outset of his career.

G H Brown

[Medical Times and Gazette, 1884; Roll of I.M.S., 103; Plarr, i, 452]

(Volume IV, page 128)

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