Lives of the fellows

Charles Dalston Nevinson

b.23 November 1773 d.12 August 1846
MB Cantab(1799) MD(1804) FRCP(1806)

Charles Dalston Nevinson, M.D., was born in London, 23rd November, 1773, and was the son of Mr. Charles Nevinson, a noted apothecary in Savile-row. Dr. Nevinson was educated under Dr. Rose, of Chiswick and Dr. Charles Burney, of Hammersmith. He commenced the study of physic under his father, but soon removed to Cambridge and entered at Emmanuel college, as a member of which he graduated bachelor of medicine in 1799, when he commenced business in London, and on the 21st March, 1800, after a sharp contest was elected physician to St. George's hospital.

Dr. Nevinson proceeded M.D. at Cambridge in 1804, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1805, and a Fellow 25th June, 1806. He was Censor in 1820, 1818. He resigned his office at St. George’s hospital in 1825, and died at his house in Montague-square on the 12th August, 1846.

"Few physicians have ever more thoroughly and extensively secured the confidence of the aristocratic class of patients than Dr. Nevinson. Highly educated, both generally and professionally, and having early the advantage of hospital experience, he was looked up to with respect and deference by most of his juniors in the profession, who consulted him very generally, while his polished and dignified manner, coupled with brilliant conversational powers, made him a constant favourite with most of the patients to whom he had once been introduced. So great was his liberality, that wherever he suspected the means of a patient to be but scanty, no consideration would induce him to take a fee; and this delicacy, perhaps excessive, and no doubt at times misapplied, would occasionally hurt the purse pride of the sick, and now and then give offence to the medical attendant in ordinary. Taking him, however, for all in all, it would be difficult to point out for the imitation of his brethren a more perfect model of the finished gentleman and profoundly skilled physician."(1)

William Munk

[(1) Gent.Mag., vol. ii, for 1846.]

(Volume III, page 36)

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