Lives of the fellows

George Robinson

b.January 1821 d.10 March 1875
MD St And Hon MD Durh MRCS FRCP(1858)

George Robinson, son of George Robinson, was descended from a family long settled in Durham. He was sent to Shrewsbury School as a boy, and then apprenticed to Sir John Fife, the Newcastle surgeon. His medical training was varied. A stay in Paris was followed by attendance at the Newcastle Medical College where he was awarded the prize for anatomy and physiology, a session at Edinburgh University, and a period at Guy’s Hospital, where he was a medallist and distinguished himself by publishing a paper On Granular Disease of the Kidney before his twenty-first birthday. After qualifying, he settled in London, but soon returned to Newcastle. Here his principal appointments were those of physician to the Newcastle and Gateshead Dispensaries and joint lecturer on the practice of physic at the School of Medicine. He developed his researches into kidney diseases and the mechanism of absorption and published, in 1857, a collection of Contributions to the Physiology and Pathology of the Circulation of the Blood. His special field, however, was mental disease. He became resident physician first to the Dunstan Lunatic Asylum and then to the Benham Asylum, of which he was proprietor. He summed up his experience in a volume, published in 1859, On the Prevention and Treatment of Mental Disorders. Robinson was also an agitator on behalf of sanitary reform. He published a lecture on the subject, as it affected Newcastle, in 1846 and used his membership of the city’s corporation to voice his opinions. Robinson married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Dr. Crosthwaite.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1875]

(Volume IV, page 96)

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