Lives of the fellows

William Murrell

b.26 November 1853 d.13 July 1912

William Murrell, the son of William Kenrick Murrell, barrister, was educated at Murray’s School, Wimbledon, and University College, London, qualifying in 1874. He obtained house appointments at University College Hospital and the Brompton Hospital and was for a time demonstrator of physiology at University College, as well as Sharpey physiological scholar. He went to the Westminster Hospital as registrar in 1877 and was raised to the staff as assistant physician in 1886, becoming full physician ten years later; he lectured, in turn, on practical physiology, materia medica and therapeutics, clinical medicine and medicine. He also held appointments at the Paddington Green Children’s Hospital and the North-West London Hospital. He examined for the Conjoint Board and the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Murrell specialised in pharmacology and therapeutics and his Manual on Pharmacology and Therapeutics (1896) was widely read; but his most popular work was What to Do in Cases of Poisoning (1881) which reached its eleventh edition in 1912. Two other successful publications of his were Massage as a Mode of Treatment (1876) and Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology (1894). He did much to expose various pseudo-massage establishments of an unsavoury character in London. He was elected a laureate of the Paris Academy of Medicine in 1881. A bachelor, he had few interests outside his profession.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1912; B.M.J., 1912]

(Volume IV, page 294)

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