Lives of the fellows

Alexander Eugene Mackay

b.1822 d.10 March 1877
MD Aberd LRCS Edin FRCP(1872)

Educated at Edinburgh University, Alexander Mackay entered the navy as an assistant surgeon in 1844. After a year at Haslar Naval Hospital, he spent eight years in the East India and China stations, on H.M.’s ships and at the naval hospital in Hong Kong. Promoted to be surgeon in 1852, he was posted, in 1854, to the Fantome on the Australian station, and later served as senior medical officer in the flagships of the Mediterranean station and to the south-east coast of America. The high standard of his reports won him the Blane Medal in 1857, and seven years later he was chosen to succeed Bryson in the duty of preparing the Statistical Reports on the Health of the Navy. He was also promoted to the rank of deputy inspector-general. His Blue Books gained a high reputation, their evidence on epidemics of cholera, yellow fever and other diseases in naval stations being especially valued.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1877; B.M.J., 1877; Medical Times and Gazette, 1877]

(Volume IV, page 204)

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