Lives of the fellows

Reginald Edward Thompson

b.1834 d.10 September 1912
BA Cantab MB(1860) MD FRCP(1868)

Reginald Thompson was born in London, the son of Mr. Serjeant Thompson, and educated at Brighton College, Trinity College, Cambridge, and St. George’s Hospital, graduating as M.B. in 1860. In the following year, he accompanied Viscount Milton on a shooting expedition to the unexplored North-West of Canada, then inhabited by roaming Indian tribes and herds of buffalo. He returned to become registrar at St. George’s and to experience one of the last outbreaks of typhus fever in London; he saw 120 cases and contracted the disease himself. He was appointed assistant physician to the Brompton Hospital in 1869, physician in 1880, and consulting physician on his retirement in 1894. He also served on the staff of the Seamen’s Hospital from 1871 to 1873, and enjoyed a large insurance practice. His main publications were Causes and Results of Pulmonary Haemorrhage (1882), Physical Examination of the Chest (1884), and Family Phthisis (1884). Thompson, who was an accomplished musician and artist, married in 1874 a daughter of Professor Augustus de Morgan, the mathematician, and was survived by two sons. He died in Chelsea.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1912; B.M.J., 1912]

(Volume IV, page 166)

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