Lives of the fellows

William Withers Moore

b.1823 d.5 December 1894
MD Edin Hon DCL Durh MRCS LSA FRCP(1874) JP

William Withers Moore was born at Doncaster, the third son of John Moore, surgeon, by his wife, the daughter of Oswald Allen, surgeon, of York. He received his early education at Doncaster Grammar School, and was apprenticed to his brother-in-law John Lister, F.R.C.S, in Doncaster. He qualified at University College, London, in 1845, and then settled in general practice in his native town; but when after several years his health began to suffer he determined to become a consultant. Accordingly, he studied afresh at Edinburgh University, and, having taken his degree in 1861, nearly forty years of age and a family man, he began a new career at Brighton. For several years he had a hard struggle. But he was a man of resolute character. His abilities won gradual recognition and in time his practice became one of the largest on the south coast. He was elected physician both to the Brighton General Dispensary and the Sussex County Hospital. In 1886, as president of the B.M.A., he delivered an outspoken address condemning the higher education of women. He was president of the Council of the B.M.A. from 1890 to 1893. He retired to his country house at Burgess Hill, Sussex, in 1889, having dedicated his last six months’ income to charitable purposes.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1894; B.M.J., 1894]

(Volume IV, page 227)

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