Lives of the fellows

John Baptiste Potter

b.1839 d.30 December 1900
MD Edin MRCS FRCP(1881)

John Potter was born in London, the son of Cipriani Potter, composer and principal of the Royal Academy of Music. He was educated at Kensington Grammar School and began his medical studies as an apprentice to a doctor at Farnham. He qualified from University College, London, in 1862, afterwards proceeding to Edinburgh where he graduated in the following year. He obtained resident posts at the Birmingham Lying-In Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, before settling into practice in London. His first appointments were as physician-accoucheur to the St. George’s and St. James’s Dispensary and as physician to the Chelsea, Brompton and Belgrave Dispensary. In 1870 he was elected assistant obstetric physician, and in 1874 obstetric physician, to the Westminster Hospital, where he lectured, first on materia medica and hygiene, and latterly on midwifery and the diseases of women. He was also consulting physician-accoucheur to the Western Dispensary, and, after 1868, physician to the Royal Society of Musicians. He presided over the Obstetrical Society of London in 1885-86. Potter was a lover of music and of old books, especially topographical works. He married in 1872 Celina, daughter of Alfred Blyth of London, and had one son and two daughters.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1901; B.M.J., 1901]

(Volume IV, page 283)

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