Lives of the fellows

Helenus Scott

b.? d.16 November 1821
MD Aberd(1797) LRCP(1815)

Helenus Scott, M.D., was born at Dundee, and received his medical education at Edinburgh, where he attended the medical classes during the three years 1777, 1778, 1779, and then entered the service of the East India company. He proceeded to Bombay, of the medical board of which presidency he eventually became the first member.

He was created doctor of medicine by the university of Aberdeen, 24th June, 1797. After an active and meritorious service of thirty years, most of which was passed in India, Dr. Scott retired with an ample fortune, and returning to England, devoted himself again to medical lectures and study, and was a diligent attendant on the lectures of Mr. Wilson, Mr. (subsequently Sir) Charles Bell, and Mr. Brande. On the 22nd December, 1815, he was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians.

He settled, in the first instance, at Bath; but about 1817 removed to London, where his extensive Indian connection and the reputation he had acquired in the treatment of hepatic disease, soon opened to him a large share of professional employment. He is remembered as the author of the practice of extensively exhibiting the nitric and nitro-muriatic acids both internally and externally in the hepatic, syphilitic, and other maladies of India. Dr. Scott died on the 16th November, 1821, in the course of a voyage to New South Wales. "Dr. Scott," writes his friend, Sir James McGrigor,(1) "was no common man, and his life, had he written it, would have been replete with adventure and interest."

William Munk

[(1) The Autobiography and Services of Sir James McGrigor, Bart. 8vo. Lond. 1861, p. 99.]

(Volume III, page 142)

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