Lives of the fellows

Alexander John Sutherland

b.1810 d.31 January 1867
BA Oxon(1833) BM(1836) MA DM FRS FRCP(1840)

Alexander Sutherland, the son of Alexander Robert Sutherland, F.R.C.P, of Westminster, was educated at Westminster School, Christ Church, Oxford, and St. George’s Hospital, graduating as B.A. in 1833 and B.M. in 1836. In 1841 he succeeded his father as physician to St. Luke’s Hospital for Lunatics, a post that he held till his retirement in 1860, when he was made consulting physician. He was also consulting physician to the South London Dispensary for some years. Lunacy was his special field, as it had been his father’s. He superintended two private asylums and established a reputation as a consultant second only to that of Conolly. He published a paper on The Urine of Insane Patients (1845) which was widely read and later disputed. His other writings included The Medical Treatment of Insanity (1847) and The Pathology of Mania and Dementia (1855). Sutherland was a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians and delivered the Croonian Lectures (1858) and Harveian Oration (1863). He was president of the Association of Officers of Asylums for the Insane in 1855. He died at Brighton, leaving a widow and six sons.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1867; Al.Oxon., iv, 1373; B.M.J., 1867]

(Volume IV, page 24)

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