b.20 March 1868 d.23 August 1944
MB Lond(1891) MD MRCS FRCP(1914)
William Mitchell Stevens was born at St. Ives, Cornwall, the son of Vivian Stevens. His career as a student at University College, London, showed the highest promise: he was awarded the Atchison scholarship, the Filliter exhibition, the Bruce and Fellowes gold medals and, with his M.B. degree in 1891, the gold medal in medicine. His first junior appointments were at University College Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children. He then held a tutorship at Bristol University College (1893-94) and spent a further year in London before settling in Cardiff in 1896. In 1899 he became pathologist, and in 1902 assistant physician, to the Cardiff Infirmary. In 1906 he received the appointment of lecturer on materia medica and pharmacology at Cardiff University College, which he held till his death. He also maintained long and active connections with King Edward VII Hospital and other local institutions. He examined for the University of Wales and for the Conjoint Board. During the War of 1914-1918 he served as a lieutenant-colonel in the R.A.M.C. Mitchell Stevens was a man who lived for his work. He possessed an unusual gift for diagnosis and was a skilful prescriber of drugs. He was a lover of the countryside and especially of his native St. Ives, and obtained his chief relaxation from walking. He married in 1900 Annie Jenkins of Cardiff and had a son and a daughter.
G H Brown
[Western Mail, 25 Aug. 1944]
(Volume IV, page 539)
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