Lives of the fellows

Hugh Ley

b.c.1790 d.24 January 1837
MD Edin(1813) LRCP(1818)

Hugh Ley, M.D., was descended from an old and respectable family in the west of England, but was born at Abingdon, co. Berks, where his father, a medical man, was then settled. He was educated at Abingdon under Dr. Lempriere, and afterwards studied at the Borough hospitals, and became a member of the College of Surgeons. He next proceeded to Edinburgh, where he graduated doctor of medicine 24th June, 1813 (D.M.I. de Natura intima Phthiseos Pulmonalis). He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1818.

Dr. Ley settled in London, and devoting himself to midwifery, was elected physician to the Westminster Lying-in hospital. He was associated with and eventually succeeded Dr. Merriman as lecturer on midwifery and the diseases of women and children at the Middlesex hospital, whence his services in a similar capacity were in 1835 transferred to the larger school of St. Bartholomew’s.

He did not long survive, and died at Stilton, in Huntingdonshire, from disease of the heart consequent on acute rheumatism on the 24th January, 1837, in the forty-seventh year of his age. "Dr. Ley’s professional character was deservedly high and without blemish; his conduct and his sentiments on all subjects were those of a gentleman."(1)

Dr. Ley was the author of a work of much research — An Essay on the Laryngismus Stridulus, or Croup-like Inspiration of Infants. To which are appended Illustrations of the General Principles of the Pathology of Nerves, and of the functions and diseases of the Par Vagum and its principal branches. 8vo. Lond. 1836.

William Munk

[(1) Mr. Earle’s speech at the Medico Chirurgical Society on resigning the Presidency 28th February, 1837.]

(Volume III, page 192)

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