Lives of the fellows

William Shearman

b.January 1767 d.21 November 1861
MD Edin(1807) LRCP(1808)

William Shearman, M.D., was born at Harwich in January, 1767, and after a good scholastic education devoted himself to medicine. Eventually he proceeded to Edinburgh, graduated doctor of medicine there, 12th September, 1807 (D.M.I. de Pneumonia), was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 11th April, 1808, and commenced business as a physician in London, but soon removed to Maidstone, whence he returned to the metropolis in 1813, and in that year was appointed physician to the London dispensary, and in 1816 physician to the infirmary for Children in the Waterloo-road.

Dr. Shearman was elected physician to the West London infirmary and Lying-in institution in 1821, and when that institution became the Charing Cross hospital he was the senior of the medical staff, a position which he of course retained in the new hospital. To the medical school which was then established there, Dr. Shearman rendered important service by his sound and admirable lectures on the theory and practice of medicine. These were continued by him until 1852, soon after which he withdrew from the duties of physician to the hospital, became consulting physician to it, and retired from practice. Dr. Shearman died 21st November, 1861, at the patriarchal age of ninety-four, and was buried in Highgate cemetery.

He was for a time the editor of the Medical and Physical Journal,and the author of—
Observations illustrative of the History and Treatment of Chronic Debility, the prolific Source of Indigestion, Spasmodic Diseases, and various Nervous Affections. 8vo. Lond. 1824.
An Essay on the Nature, Causes, and Treatment of Water in the Brain. 8vo. Lond. 1825.
An Oration delivered before the Medical Society of London. 8vo. Lond. 1834.
An Introductory Lecture to the Medical Classes at the Charing Cross Hospital. 8vo. Lond. 1834.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 62)

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