Lives of the fellows

Octavius Sturges

b.19 August 1833 d.3 November 1894
BA Cantab(1861) MB(1862) MD FRCP(1870)

Octavius Sturges was born in London, the eighth son of John Sturges, a merchant of cultured tastes, and his wife Elizabeth. From King’s College School he entered the East India Company’s Military College at Addiscombe and was duly commissioned in the Bombay Artillery in 1852. After service in India and Aden, however, he resigned in 1857, on account of the precarious state of his health, and entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge, a year later, with the intention of becoming a doctor. He graduated as B.A. in 1861 and as M.B. in 1862, having completed his studies at St. George’s Hospital. He then obtained a junior post at St. George’s, but his first appointment as assistant physician was at the Westminster Hospital in 1868. There he lectured on forensic medicine (1868-71), materia medica (1871-74), and medicine (1874-93), and became full physician in 1875. He was also elected assistant physician to the Hospital for Sick Children in 1873 and physician in 1884. He was Lumleian Lecturer and Senior Censor at the Royal College of Physicians in the year of his death, and examiner in medicine and assessor to the Regius professor of physic at Cambridge. Sturges was a voluminous writer and his works on pneumonia and chorea were regarded as authoritative. His lectures were terse and practical; in character he was self-effacing and unambitious. His relatively early death was caused by a street accident in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1894; B.M.J., 1894; Westminster Hospital Reports, 1895, ix, 1]

(Volume IV, page 187)

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