Lives of the fellows

Roderick Macleod

b.? d.7 December 1852
MD Edin(1816) LRCP(1821) FRCP(1836)

Roderick Macleod, M.D., was born in Scotland, and educated at Edinburgh, where he graduated doctor of medicine 1st August, 1816 (D.M.I. de Tetano). He began his medical life in the army, but before long was placed on half-pay, and then settled in London. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1821, a Fellow 9th July, 1836; was Gulstonian lecturer in 1837, and Consiliarius 1839. Dr. Macleod was elected physician to St. George’s hospital 13th February, 1833, and resigned that office in consequence of ill health in 1845. He died at Chanonry, Old Aberdeen, on the 7th December, 1852.

Dr. Macleod will be long remembered as the original editor and for many years the proprietor of the "London Medical Gazette," the first number of which appeared on the 8th December,1827. At that time and for some years afterwards, "the medical weekly press contained much that all men will desire to forget. The cause of medical reform was hotly advocated, with an indiscriminate zeal and a personal acrimony which the best among its leaders have long since regretted, and the best among its victims have long since forgiven. For an editor who was called to stem the torrent which had arisen, there was required a combination of moral and physical courage, with professional and literary ability, rarely to be met with in the leading members of a profession which especially demands the devotion of the highest talents to the most private and unobtrusive labours. Dr. Macleod performed the duties of an editor in those stormy days with a success which can be justly measured only by those who take a high view of the responsibilities of that office. In the more peaceful time which followed, when active conflict no longer demanded the sterner qualities of the editorship, then the cultivated mind, the correct taste, and the practical good sense which distinguished Dr. Macleod were employed with untiring energy in choosing, directing, and combining the delicate elements, intellectual, social, and material, required in the conduct of a high class publication. The veteran editor, thoroughly upright, courteous, and kind-hearted, as all who knew him can testify, maintained for many years as a valuable literary property, the journal which had been undertaken in the true spirit of professional chivalry."(1)

Dr. Macleod was the author of—
On Rheumatism in its various forms, and on the Affections of Internal Organs, more especially the Heart and Brain, to which it gives rise. 8vo. Lond. 1842.

William Munk

[(1) Medical Times and Gazette, 18th December, 1852.]

(Volume III, page 243)

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