Lives of the fellows

Alexander Philip Wilson Philip

b.? d.?
MD Edin(1792) FRCPE(1795) LRCP(1820) FRCP(1834)

Alexander Philip Wilson Philip, M.D., was born in Scotland, and educated at Edinburgh, where he graduated doctor of medicine 25th June, 1792 (D.M.I. de Dyspepsia). He was admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh 3rd February, 1795, and practised for some years in that city, but about the commencement of the present century settled at Worcester, where he obtained a large and lucrative business. In 1802 he was elected physician to the Worcester General infirmary, which office he resigned in 1817, shortly after which he removed to London. He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1820, a Fellow 25th June, 1834, and was Gulstonian lecturer in 1835.

Dr. Wilson Philip made a reputation as a physiologist by his original experiments and investigations; and as a practitioner was much sought after by sufferers with indigestion, from the credit of his book on that disease, one deservedly popular in its day, which ran to six editions, contained the best and completest account of the malady which had then appeared, and will bear comparison with all that have since been published. In 1842 or 1843 Dr. Wilson Philip suddenly disappeared from London, and I fail to trace his future history or the date of his death. His investments were said to have been injudicious, and the scheme in which he had placed all his accumulations, and they were large, fell to the ground, and. he had to fly the country to escape a prison. He went to Boulogne, and is thought to have died there. His name disappears from the College list of 1851. His name, originally Wilson, he had changed to Wilson Philip before he settled in London.

Dr. Wilson Philip was a very prolific writer, and I am not sure that the following list comprises all his published works:—
An Inquiry into the Remote Causes of Urinary Gravel. 8vo. Edinb. 1792.
An Experimental Essay on the Manner in which Opium acts on the Living Animal Body. 8vo. Edinb. 1795.
A Treatise on Febrile Diseases. 4 vols. 8vo. Worcester.
Observations on the Use and Abuse of Mercury. 8vo. Worcester, 1805.
An Analysis of the Malvern Waters. 8vo. Worcester, 1805.
An Essay on the Nature of Fever. 8vo. Worcester, 1807.
Experimental Inquiry into the Laws of the Vital Functions, with Observations on Internal Diseases. 8vo. Lond. 1817.
A Treatise on Indigestion and its Consequences, called Nervous and Bilious Complaints. 8vo. Lond. 1821.
A Treatise on the Nature and Cure of Diseases, either Acute or Chronic, which precede Change of Structure. 8vo. Lond. 1830.
A Treatise on Protracted Indigestion and its Consequences. 8vo. Lond. 1842.
Observations on the Malignant Cholera. 8vo. Lond. 1832.
On the Influence of Minute Doses of Mercury. 12mo. Lond. 1834.
Inquiry into the Nature of Sleep and Death. 8vo. Lond. 1834.
A Treatise on Affections of the Brain. 12mo. Lond.
A Treatise on the Means of Preserving Health. 8vo. Lond.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 227)

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