Lives of the fellows

Adam Neale

b.? d.22 December 1832
MD Edin(1802) LRCP(1806)

Adam Neale, M.D., was born in Scotland and educated at Edinburgh, where he took the degree of doctor of medicine 13th September, 1802 (D.M.I. de Acido Nitrico). He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1806, about which time he was appointed physician to the forces, and in that capacity saw considerable service. He was with the army in the Peninsula, and in his Letters from Portugal and Spain, 4to. Lond., 1820, has given an interesting account of the operations of the armies under Sir John Moore and Sir Arthur Wellesley, from the landing of the troops in Mondego Bay to the battle of Corunna.

Dr. Neale subsequently visited Germany, Poland, Moldavia, and Turkey, and in 1818 sent to the press a full account of this tour. About the year 1814 he settled at Exeter, but his changes of residence were so frequent that I have difficulty in tracing them. He seems to have remained at Exeter about six years, when he removed to Cheltenham; but after a stay there of a few months only(1), returned to Exeter, where he continued until 1824.

Dr. Neale became a candidate for the office of physician to the Devon and Exeter hospital on the vacancy occasioned by the death of Dr. Daniell, but was not elected, the family interest of Dr. Granger securing his election by an overwhelming majority. Dr. Neale’s name in the College list is thenceforward without an address, and I can only add that he died at Dunkirk 22nd December, 1832. In addition to the works already mentioned,

Dr. Neale was the author of—
A Translation of Assalini’s Treatise on the Plague, &c. 8vo. Lond. 1804.
Researches to establish the truth of the Linnæan doctrine of Animal Contagions, wherein the Origin, Causes, Mode of Diffusion and cure of Epidemic Diseases, Spasmodic Cholera, Dysentery, Plague, &c., are illustrated by facts. 8vo. Lond. 1821.
Researches on the Natural History, Chemical Analysis, and Medicinal Virtues of the Spur or Ergot of Rye administered as a remedy in certain states of the Uterus. 8vo. Lond. 1828.

William Munk

[(1) Dr. Neale’s career at Cheltenham was as stormy as it was short, and his conduct there is wholly indefensible. He signalised his advent to that town by the publication of A Letter to a Professor of Medicine in the University of Edinburgh respecting the Nature and Properties of the Mineral Waters of Cheltenham, 8vo. Lond., 1820, the object of which was to cast a doubt on the genuineness of the waters as served to visitors at the principal and most frequented spring. It was soberly answered by an accomplished physician of Cheltenham, Dr. Jameson, in a pamphlet entitled A Refutation of a Letter from Dr. Adam Neale to a Professor of Medicine; with a Statement of ulterior proceedings to quiet the minds of the public respecting Cheltenham Waters. 8vo. Cheltenham, 1820; and more categorically in the pamphlet Fact versus Assertion, or Critical and Explanatory Observations on some Erroneous Statements in Dr. Adam Neale’s pamphlet on Cheltenham Waters; to which are annexed Directions for Management in the Art of Puffing addressed to a Friend; with Dr. Neale’s Confession and the Refutation of Captain Matthews, by W. H. Halpin, jun. 8vo. Chelt. 1820. The controversy was ended by a satirical pamphlet entitled Hints to a Physician on the Opening of his Medical Career at Cheltenham. 8vo. Stroud. 1820.]

(Volume III, page 37)

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