Lives of the fellows

Edward Isaac Sparks

b.25 September 1843 d.11 October 1880
BM Oxon FRCP(1879)

E. I. Sparks was born at Crewkerne, the younger son of Captain William Sparks, J.P, and educated at Crewkerne Grammar School, Harrow and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He graduated with first-class honours in natural science in 1866 and two years later won a Radcliffe travelling fellowship, which enabled him to study at Paris and Vienna. University College, London, was his medical school and he graduated in medicine in 1870. He then obtained appointments at the Royal Hospital for Children and Women, the St. George’s Hanover Square Dispensary, and the North-West London Free Dispensary for Sick Children, and in 1872 became physician for skin diseases at Charing Cross Hospital. The threat of tuberculosis compelled him to give up his London practice and to settle at Mentone in 1875. He began to practise there in 1877, having qualified as an Offcier de Santé at Marseilles. In the same year he published a translation of Binz’s Elements of Therapeutics and in 1879 a book on Riviera health resorts. Sparks married in 1874 but left no children. He died at Crewkerne.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1879; B.M.J., 1879; J. B. Nias, Dr. John Radcliffe, 1918, 91; Al.Oxon., iv, 1331]

(Volume IV, page 267)

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