Lives of the fellows

James Muter Turnbull

b.1818 d.6 September 1897
MD Edin LRCS Edin FRCP(1873)

James Turnbull was born at Anworth-on-the-Solway, Galloway, where his father was minister; his maternal grandfather, Rev. W. Muter, D.D., was dean of the Chapel Royal at Holyrood. His medical education took place at Edinburgh, where he qualified in 1838 and graduated a year later, and at Paris. After two years’ practice at Wolverhampton, he settled in 1844 in Liverpool, where he was appointed physician to the South Dispensary in the same year and to the Northern Hospital shortly afterwards. He resigned from the latter on being elected physician to the Royal Infirmary in 1849. Turnbull acquired a large general consulting practice, but it was chiefly on diseases of the chest that he was regarded as an authority. Ill health forced him to retire in 1881, and after 1886 he lived at Tunbridge Wells, where he died. He married in 1869 the daughter of Thomas Maxwell, a Liverpool merchant, but had no children.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1897; B.M.J., 1897]

(Volume IV, page 219)

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