Lives of the fellows

Alexander (Sir) Morison

b.1 May 1779 d.14 March 1866
MD Edin(1799) LRCP(1808) FRCP(1841)

Sir Alexander Morison, M.D., was born 1st May, 1779, at Anchorfield, near Edinburgh. He was at the High school of Edinburgh, in the same class with Lord Brougham. He attended for five years the general and medical classes of the university, and his studies during that period were directed by Mr. Alexander Wood, who was long at the head of the surgical profession in Edinburgh. He graduated doctor of medicine 12th September, 1799 (D.M.I. de Hydrocephalo Phrenitico).

He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1800, and a Fellow of that College in 1801. After practising for some years in Edinburgh, he removed to London, and devoted his attention particularly to insanity. In 1810 he was appointed inspecting physician of lunatic asylums in the county of Surrey, and on the 7th May, 1835, was elected physician to Bethlehem hospital. He was physician to the princess Charlotte and to prince Leopold, and he received the honour of knighthood in 1838.

Sir Alexander Morison was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians of London, 11th April, 1808, and a Fellow 10th July, 1841. For many successive years he delivered a course of lectures on mental diseases, and by them and his writings did much to extend the knowledge of this difficult department of practice. Sir Alexander Morison died in the neighbourhood of Edinburgh, 14th March, 1866, aged eighty-seven, and was interred in the churchyard of Currie.

He was the author of—
Outlines of Lectures on Mental Diseases. 8vo. Lond. 1826.
Cases of Mental Disease, with Practical Observations on the Medical Treatment. 8vo. Lond, and Edin. 1828.
The Physiognomy of Mental Diseases. 8vo. Lond. 1840.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 61)

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