Lives of the fellows

John Spurgin

b.? d.20 March 1866

John Spurgin, M.D., was born in Essex, and educated at the Grammar school of Chelmsford. He matriculated at Cambridge, as a member of Caius college, in 1815, and spent three years there, when he proceeded to Edinburgh, and returning to Cambridge, graduated M.B. 1820, M.D. 1825. He was admitted an Inceptor-Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September,1822,a Candidate 30th September, 1825, and a Fellow 30th September, 1826. He was Censor in 1829, Consiliarius in 1851, 1852, 1853, 1862, 1863, 1864. He delivered the Harveian Oration in 1851, and the College lectures on Materia Medica in 1852. Dr. Spurgin was elected physician to the Foundling hospital in 1835, and somewhat later physician to St. Mark’s hospital. He died 20th March, 1866.

Dr. Spurgin’s portrait in the gown of his degree, by Miss Sutherland, is at the college. It was presented by his widow.

He was the author of—
The Introduction to an Anatomical, Physical, and Philosophical Investigation of the Economy of the Animal Kingdom. By Emanuel Swedenborg. With an Address to the Reader, by Medicus Canta-brigiensis. 8vo. Lond. 1861. And of
Materia Medica, and its relation to the Animal Economy. 8vo. Lond. 1853.
The Physician for All, his Philosophy, Experience, and Mission. 2 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1855,1857.
The Drainage of Cities. 8vo. Lond. 1858.
The Cure of the Sick not Allopathy nor Homoeopathy, but Judgment. 8fo. London. 1859.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 264)

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