Lives of the fellows

James Russell

b.1 April 1818 d.5 October 1885
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1867) JP

James Russell was the son of the Birmingham surgeon and philanthropist, James Russell, F.R.C.S. Having received his medical training at King’s College, London, he returned to his native city to become physician to Birmingham General Dispensary. He was physician to Birmingham General Hospital from 1859 to 1884, in which year he was appointed consulting physician. He was first lecturer and then professor of medicine at Queen’s College, Birmingham, and was largely responsible for its amalgamation with Sydenham College in 1868. He was elected chairman of all the local medical societies and, in 1882, president of the Birmingham Medical Institute, in which he had displayed interest since its foundation. Russell was a nonconformist and a Liberal. He married Mary Elizabeth Wills, sister of Mr. Justice Alfred Wills, and was the father of J. W. Russell, F.R.C.P.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1885; Medical Times and Gazette, 1885; Birmingham University, The Medical School of the University of Birmingham, 1939, 14]

(Volume IV, page 159)

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