Lives of the fellows

Alfred Sangster

b.24 October 1845 d.9 December 1903
BA Cantab(1871) MB(1875) MRCS FRCP(1885)

Alfred Sangster, the son of William Sangster, an East India and China merchant, was born in London and sent to school first at Richmond and then at Denmark Hill. He began to study medicine at Guy’s Hospital in 1865 and two years later went up to Caius College, Cambridge, to read natural sciences. Having graduated as B.A. in 1871, he resumed his medical studies both at Guy’s and at Cambridge. His first appointment after taking the M.B. degree in 1875 was that of clinical registrar and chloroformist to the Evelina Hospital for Children. Being unfit for general practice owing to aortic disease, he turned his whole attention to diseases of the skin and in 1876 received the appointment of physician for skin diseases at Charing Cross Hospital, which he held until 1894. He helped to found the Dermatological Society of London in 1882 and was its first secretary. He contributed several papers on his own subject to medical publications and built up a limited consulting practice. But ill health, having severely handicapped a promising career throughout, forced him to retire to St. Peter’s-in-Thanet in 1897.

G H Brown

[Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1904, 34; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 381]

(Volume IV, page 306)

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