b.12 April 1806 d.11 May 1869
MB Cantab(1828) MD(1833) FRCP(1834)
James Johnstone was the last of three generations of his family to practise medicine in the Midlands. His father was Edward Johnstone, M. D, of Birmingham, and his mother Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Pearson of Tettenhall. He was educated privately before going up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1819. Completing his training with visits to the medical schools of Edinburgh, Paris and London, he graduated as M. B. in 1828 and as M. D. in 1833. After settling in Birmingham, he was appointed in 1841 first professor of materia medica and therapeutics at Queen’s College — of which his father was the first principal — and physician to the General Hospital, a post which he held for over thirty years and one which his father had held before him. His best-known works were A Therapeutic Arrangement and Syllabus of Materia Medica (1835) and A Discourse on the Phenomena of Sensation (1841). He was president of the B.M.A. on its. visit to Birmingham in 1865. He married in 1834 Maria Mary Payne, daughter of Joseph Webster, J. P, of Penns, Warwickshire, and had twelve children. He died at Leamington.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1869; B.M.J. 1869; D.N.B., xxx, 74 (Life of Edward Johnstone); Al.Cantab., iii, 590]
(Volume IV, page 10)
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