Lives of the fellows

John Meyer

b.1814 d.9 May 1870
MD Heidelberg FRCP(1863)

John Meyer was born at Norwood and studied medicine at Heidelberg, where he graduated in 1836. After a short stay in England, he set out for Australia. There he held the appointment of colonial surgeon from 1844 to 1854 and supervised the Hospital and Convict Lunatic Asylum at New Norfolk, Tasmania. When on home leave during the Crimean War, Meyer, with Jocelyn Percy, M.P, accompanied Mary Stanley’s unsolicited reinforcement of nurses to the Crimea — "the two men in England who, we thought, would help Flo most," as Mrs. Herbert described them. The offended Miss Nightingale, however, jealous of her authority, asked them to sign notes of their discussion with her — which, in turn, incensed them — and remained permanently estranged from Miss Stanley. Meyer was eventually given charge of the Civil Hospital at Smyrna. The war over, he did not return to Australia, but accepted the position of chief resident physician at the Surrey County Lunatic Asylum in 1858. Four years afterwards, on the establishment of the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, he was appointed its superintendent. His death was hastened by a severe blow which he received from a patient in 1866.

G H Brown

[Journal of Mental Science, 1871, xvi, 311; Sir E. T. Cook, Life of Florence Nightingale, 1913, I, 192; C. Woodham-Smith, Florence Nightingale, 1950, 185]

(Volume IV, page 136)

<< Back to List