Lives of the fellows

James Edward Pollock

b.1819 d.18 December 1910
MD Aberd LRCSI FRCP(1864)

James Pollock was the son of Edward Pollock, a barrister, and received his medical education in Dublin, qualifying in 1840. He practised in Rome from 1842 to 1849 and then settled in London, where he was appointed physician to the Western General Dispensary and the Brompton Hospital. In 1865 he published his book The Elements and Prognosis of Consumption, based on a careful and critical analysis of some 3,500 cases, which became, in its day, a standard work. He also wrote a valuable Medical Handbook of Life Assurance (1889). He built up a large consulting practice, and, at the Royal College of Physicians, delivered the Croonian Lectures in 1883 and the Harveian Oration in 1889. As Senior Censor at the time of Sir Andrew Clark’s death, he performed the duties of President until the next election was held. He had the Irishman’s love of a good-tempered fight but was a man of many friends. He was an Italian scholar and a lover of Italy and its culture. Pollock, who was married, with one son and two daughters, was one of the oldest Fellows of the College when he died.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1910; B.M.J., 1910]

(Volume IV, page 141)

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