Lives of the fellows

George (Sir) Lefevre

b.? d.12 February 1840
Kt MD Aberd(1819) LRCP(1822) FRCP(1842)

Sir George Lefevre, M.D., was born at Great Berkhampstead, co. Herts, and educated at Edinburgh, but graduated doctor of medicine at Aberdeen 4th August, 1819, when he came to London and studied for some time at the Borough hospitals. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 1st April, 1822, and after a time becoming attached to the household of an opulent Russian nobleman, at his instance settled at St. Petersburgh, where he resided many years, and held the appointment of physician to the British embassy at that court.

For his services in this capacity he received the honour of knighthood by patent when, after winning the respect and regard of the British residents at St. Petersburgh, as well as of many of the Russian nobility, and realising a competency, he determined to return to England and spend the remnant of his days in the leisurely practice of his profession, in literary pursuits, and in the society of his friends. He was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1842, and was Lumleian lecturer in 1845. Sir George Lefevre’s domestic arrangements had been unfortunate, and for some months before his death, he suffered from great depression of spirits, from which however he would soon recover, but his mind eventually became more affected, and he terminated his own existence by prussic acid on the 12th February, 1840.

Dr. W. F. Chambers, who knew Sir George Lefevre well says(1) "he was a most amiable member of the profession and of society. His cheerfulness indeed in the midst of domestic misfortunes of no ordinary intensity and bitterness was most remarkable, whilst his kindness to all around him, and especially to a large circle of relations who depended on him for advice, comfort, and countenance, was sufficiently testified by the profound grief with which he was lamented by them."

Sir George Lefevre was the author of—
Observations on the Nature and Treatment of the Cholera Morbus, prevailing epidemically at St. Petersburgh. 8vo. Lond. 1831.
Thermal Comfort, or hints for preservation against Colds, Coughs, and Consumption. 8vo. Lond. 1843.
The Life of a Travelling Physician, including twenty years' Wanderings through Europe. 3 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1843.
Apology for the Nerves; or their Influence and Importance in Health and Disease. 12mo. Lond. 1844.

William Munk

[(1) Address to the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. 2nd March. 1846.]

(Volume III, page 246)

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