Lives of the fellows

Harrington Sainsbury

b.23 May 1855 d.29 December 1936
OBE(1919) MB Lond(1879) MD MRCS FRCP(1892)

Harrington Sainsbury was educated in Paris, at Neuwied in Germany and at University College, London, where he graduated as M.B. in 1879. His resident appointments were at the Manchester (Pendlebury) Children’s Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. In his early years he also acted as assistant to the professor of medicine at University College and for a year as assistant physician at Windsor Castle. He was on the staffs of the Western General Dispensary and the North-West London Hospital for a time, but the main associations of his career were with the Royal Free Hospital and the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. It was as a cardiologist that he was best known. But he assisted Ringer in the editing of the thirteenth edition (1897) of his Handbook of Therapeutics and himself wrote two informative books on materia medica, Principia Therapeutica (1906) and Drugs and the Drug Habit (1909). For his work in London war hospitals, he was awarded the O.B.E. in 1919. He was a self-effacing man, deeply religious and with Anglo-Catholic leanings. Under the pseudonym of Hillel Samson, he published three short romances. His wife was a sister of Tuke, the painter.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1937; B.M.J., 1937; Times, 30 Dec. 1936]

(Volume IV, page 361)

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