b.11 November 1857 d.26 February 1915
BA Cantab(1880) MA MD FRCP(1891)
Samuel Habershon was born in London, the son of S. O. Habershon, F.R.C.P, physician to Guy’s Hospital. He received his education at University College School, at Eastbourne and at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a degree in natural sciences in 1880. He was a medical student at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and won the Kirkes and Lawrence gold medals. When he had qualified in 1884, he obtained resident posts in St. Bartholomew’s and studied for a time at Vienna. He then held brief appointments at the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest and the St. Marylebone General Dispensary, before being elected in 1893 assistant physician, and in 1902 physician, to the Brompton Hospital. Although principally associated with chest diseases, he made a special study of digestive complaints and published a book on Diseases of the Stomach (1909). He was the physician and friend of Gladstone in the statesman’s last years. The later years of his own life were afflicted with recurrent attacks of bronchitis and asthma. His wife was the daughter of Richard Davies, M.P, lord-lieutenant of Anglesey; they had three sons.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1915; B.M.J., 1915; Al.Cantab., iii, 183]
(Volume IV, page 348)
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