Lives of the fellows

George Thompson Gream

b.1811-12 d.20 July 1888

George Gream, who was the son of a Sussex clergyman, qualified at St. George’s Hospital in 1836 and then embarked on a highly successful career as an accoucheur. He was physician-accoucheur to Queen Charlotte’s Hospital, and lectured for a time at the Grosvenor Place Medical School. He held appointments as physician-accoucheur to both the Princess of Wales and the Empress-Queen Frederick and attended the Princess Royal. He seems to have devoted himself almost wholly to actual midwifery and relied on others in cases of obstetrical complexity. To a scrupulous care of his patients, he added a cautious attitude to new theories and practical innovations, and his deep initial distrust of the use of chloroform in labour, more than once expressed in print, brought down upon him some of Sir James Simpson’s most characteristic diatribes. He was a Knight of the Order of the Crown of Prussia. He married, first, a Miss Oddie, and, secondly, in 1873 the widow of Sir Edward Gooch, seventh baronet, but left no children. He died at Brighton.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1888; B.M.J., 1888]

(Volume IV, page 157)

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