Lives of the fellows

William Lister

b.1757 d.3 February 1830
MD Edin(1781) LRCP(1782)

William Lister, M.D., was born in Hertfordshire, and educated at Edinburgh, where he took the degree of doctor of medicine 12th September, 1781 (D.M.I. de Fermentatione). He then settled in London, and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th March, 1782. Dr. Lister was appointed physician to the Small-pox hospital 16th April, 1789, but resigned that office in February, 1791. On the death of Dr. Crawford, in 1795, he was elected physician to St. Thomas’s hospital, which appointment he retained until 1817. He died at his house in Lincoln’s-inn-fields, from disease of the heart, the 3rd February, 1830, aged seventy-three. Dr. Lister was much esteemed by his contemporaries. "He possessed an acute and vigorous understanding, which had received the culture of a liberal and extended education. He was a good classical scholar, and until within a short time of his death was in the daily habit of devoting some intervals of leisure to the poets or historians of Greece and Rome. He was a painstaking, judicious, and successful practitioner, had a just conception of what belonged to the character of a physician, and always maintained by example as well as by precept the dignity and value of his profession." His bust is in the entrance hall of the new St. Thomas’s hospital.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 329)

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