Lives of the fellows

Richard Powell

b.? d.18 August 1834
AB Oxon(1788) AM(1791) MB(1792) MD(1795) FRCP(1796)

Richard Powell, M.D., was born in Oxford, and educated at Winchester, on leaving which he was entered at Merton college, Oxford, and proceeded A.B. 23rd October, 1788; A.M. 31st October, 1791; M.B. 12th July, 1792; M.D. 20th January, 1795. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1795; and a Fellow, 30th September, 1796; was Censor in 1798, 1807, 1820, 1823; Gulstonian lecturer, 1799; Harveian orator, 1808; Lumleian lecturer from 1811 to 1822 inclusive; and Elect, 3rd April, 1823. Dr. Powell was elected physician to St. Bartholomew’s hospital 14th August, 1801, and continued in that office until 1824. He died at York-terrace, Regent’s-park, 18th August, 1834.(1) "Dr. Powell was esteemed a good chemist, and was an active member of the committee for the revision of the "Pharmacopoeia Londinensis" of 1820, a translation of which he published. He was for many years secretary to the Commissioners for regulating Madhouses, and from the documents which came before him in that capacity he deduced some valuable statistical results on the prevalence of insanity. Dr. Powell was the author of several papers in the " Medical Transactions," and of—
Heads of Lectures on Chemistry. 12mo. Lond. 1796.
Observations on the Bile and its Diseases, and on the Economy of the Liver. 8vo. Lond. 1800.
A Case of Hydrophobia. 8vo. Lond. 1808.
The Pharmacopoeia of the Royal College of Physicians, translated into English with Notes. 8vo. Lond. 1809.
Observations on some Cases of Paralytic Affection. 8vo. Lond. 1814.
Three Cases of Convulsive Affection. 8vo. Lond. 1815.
Some Cases illustrating the Pathology of the Brain. 8vo. Lond. 1815.

William Munk

[(1) "Nec ingratum fore censco vobis, Socii, si in altero nomine paulum immorer, et in tuos cineres, Ricarde Powell ‘ purpureos spargam flores.' Tu etenim de pathologiâ quædam optimè perpensa protulisti. Et in medicinâ administrandâ optimorum magistrorum vestigiis insistens naturam ducem semper secutus es, et quosdam nervorum morbos proprio Marte debellasti. Hæc Acta nostra litteraria intuenti facile patent. Hæc nosocomii Scti Barthoolomei memorabilia testantur et confirmant. Tuus est honos igitur in ærarium nostrum, quicqnid potuisti, conjecisse; tua laus, aliquantulùm de miseriis et doloribus humanæ conditionis dextraxisse. Nec levis est illa quidem, nam quorum ingeniis hæc referuntur accepta, ab iis, et Collegii nostri, et patriæ fama adaucta est." Oratio ex Harveii Instituto auct. Henr. Halford, Bart]

(Volume II, page 456)

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