Lives of the fellows

Edmond Somers

b.? d.1828
BA Trinity MD Edin(1783) LRCP(1791)

Edmond Somers, M.D., was born in Dublin, and educated at Trinity college, where he took the degree of bachelor of arts; after which he removed to Edinburgh, and graduated doctor of medicine there 12th September, 1783 (D.M.I. de Sonis et Auditu). He then visited the medical schools of Paris and Leyden ; and, returning to Dublin, was elected a member of the Royal Irish Academy. Dr. Somers was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1791, and then commenced practice in London; but in 1795 was appointed physician to the Forces. His first destination in that capacity was the Cape of Good Hope, where he remained several years, and was placed at the head of the medical staff as director of hospitals. Returning to England, he was employed for a time upon the home district ; but ere long proceeded as staff physician to Jamaica. After two years’ residence in that island he was compelled by ill health to return to England. His health improving, he joined the army in the Peninsula, and remained there, doing duty at the principal depôts during the whole of the operations in Portugal and Spain. Soon after the battle of Waterloo, Dr. Somers retired from active service, and fixed his abode in London, where he died (I believe) in 1828. He was the author of "Commentariolum, quædam de Dysenteriâ, Febribus Intermittentibus ac Remittentibus Medendis complectens, Exercitus Castrenses per certas Anni Tempestates potissimum infestantibus," 8vo. Lond. 1816 ; an English version of which was published by the author the same year.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 419)

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