Lives of the fellows

Augustin Sayer

b.1790 d.15 November 1861
MD Leyden(1815) LRCP(1820) FRCP(1843)

Augustin Sayer, M.D., was born at Bexley, in Kent. When a boy twelve years of age, and travelling with his family in France, he was with them made a prisoner of war, after the short peace of 1802, but was soon permitted to go at large within a certain range, and at this early age is said to have supported himself as a tutor in a French school. His captivity lasted several years. Of his medical education I can recover no particulars, but that he had been engaged in its acquisition for seven years, when on the 31st January, 1815, he was entered on the physic line at Leyden, where four days later, viz., on the 4th February, 1815, he graduated doctor of medicine (D.M.I. de Liene).

He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1820, and a Fellow 11th July, 1843. He was for many years physician to the Lock hospital, and throughout his professional life an earnest advocate of sanitary reform, and for many years a conspicuous member of the Marylebone Representative Council. He died at his residence in Upper Seymour-street, Portman-square, 15th November, 1861, aged seventy-one.(1)

Dr. Sayer was the author of—
An Inquiry to ascertain the Maximum Limit of the Annual Taxation required from the Sewers Ratepayers. 8vo. Lond. 1855.
Metropolitan and Town Sewage, its Nature, Value, and Disposal, with Sketches of the Metropolitan Water Supply, and of the Legislation on Sewers. 8vo. Lond. 1857.

William Munk

[(1) Proc. Med. Chir. Soc., iv, p. 81.]

(Volume III, page 229)

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