Lives of the fellows

John Hennen

b.1800 d.3 June 1871
MD Edin LRCS Edin FRCP(1852)

John Hennen’s father, John Hennen, was a well-known army surgeon and writer on military surgery, and Hennen himself, after graduating at Edinburgh, entered the Medical Department of the Army in 1824. For twelve years, from 1828 to 1840, he was physician to the Royal Military Asylum at Southampton. He prepared, in 1829, a third edition of his father’s Principles of Military Surgery and, in 1830, an edition of his father’s Sketches of Medical Topography of the Mediterranean. A sufferer from indifferent health, Hennen retired young from the Service and practised for some years in London, holding at the same time the post of physician to the Western General Dispensary. During a term as librarian of the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society (1848-50), he compiled a useful index to the Society’s Transactions. A man of independent means, he was able to spend the winters of his later years abroad. He was quiet and amiable, something of a scholar, and well versed in English and German literature.

G H Brown

[Med.-Chir.Procs., 1872, vii, 38; Roll of Army Medical Service, 4051]

(Volume IV, page 66)

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