Lives of the fellows

William Morse Graily Hewitt

b.3 August 1828 d.27 August 1893
MD Lond MRCS LSA FRCP(1866) FRS Edin

Graily Hewitt was born at Badbury in Wiltshire, the eldest son of William Hewitt, and went to the College School, Gloucester, for his education. He then, in 1846, became a medical student at University College, where he was a gold medallist and gained honours in every subject. In 1850, after graduating, he studied in Paris, returning in 1852 to practise in London. He was appointed a registrar and lecturer on comparative anatomy at St. Mary’s Hospital and joined the staffs of the Westminster General Dispensary, the Samaritan Hospital and the British Lying-In Hospital. In 1865, having been assistant physician-accoucheur at St. Mary’s for a year, he was made professor of midwifery at University College and obstetric physician to University College Hospital, appointments which he retained till 1887. He acquired a large practice in gynaecology and obstetrics, was recognised as one of the leading authorities in the country on these branches of medicine, and made many valuable pioneer contributions to their literature. His Pathology, Diagnosis and Treatment of Diseases of Women (1863) became an established textbook, and he did much original work on the subject of uterine displacements. He was a member of many learned societies at home and abroad and was the first secretary of the Obstetrical Society of London. He was a keen and exact observer, a slow but careful operator, and a man of exceptional memory. All through his life he had to contend with indifferent health, particularly with asthma and recurrent bronchitis. He married in 1853 the daughter of W. Hollis, J.P, of Northampton.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1893; B.M.J., 1893]

(Volume IV, page 152)

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