Lives of the fellows

James Alexander Gordon

b.1794 d.18 April 1872
MD Edin(1814) LRCP(1821) FRCP(1836)

James Alexander Gordon, M.D., was born in Middlesex, and received his medical education at Edinburgh, under the auspices and guidance of Dr. John Abercrombie, with whom he resided as a house pupil. He graduated doctor of medicine at Edinburgh, 24th June, 1814 (D.M.I. de Arsenico). He then made a lengthened tour on the continent, and studied for one session at Gottingen. Returning to England in 1818, with a good knowledge of the French and German languages, he, with the view of making the researches and labours of continental writers better known, established and edited "The Quarterly Journal of Foreign Medicine and Surgery," in the conduct of which he was associated with Dr. Mackenzie, of Glasgow.

Dr. Gordon made many contributions to this journal, and wrote a series of articles on German medical literature for the Medical Repository. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 16th April, 1821, a Fellow 9th July, 1836, and was Censor in 1838. Dr. Gordon was elected assistant physician to the London hospital 18th July, 1827, and physician 18th November, 1828. He resigned his office there in December, 1844, and about 1846 retired from active professional life, and withdrew to an estate he had purchased at Dorking, where he died 18th April, 1872, aged seventy-eight.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 232)

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