Lives of the fellows

John Warburton

b.1793 d.2 June 1845
MB Cantab(1815) MD(1820) FRCP(1821)

John Warburton, M.D., was born in Middlesex, and educated at Caius college, Cambridge. He graduated M.B. 1815, had a licence ad practicandum from the university 4th December, 1818, and proceeded M.D. 1820. He was admitted an Inceptor-Candidate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1818, a Candidate 30th September, 1820, and a Fellow 1st October, 1821. He was Censor in 1824. He was born and nursed in competency (wrote his friend Dr. Chambers),(1) and grew up and lived and died in opulence, presenting throughout an eminent example of youth unallured by wealth into idleness or vice, but spent in the due cultivation of his mind and faculties, so that, besides possessing himself of the ordinary education and accomplishments of an English gentleman, he became a considerable proficient in mathematical science, which the high degree he took at Cambridge sufficiently testifies.

He devoted himself to the study and treatment of insanity, and on the 19th May, 1829, was elected physician to St. Luke’s hospital. There he laboured most heartily in his vocation, and distinguished himself not only by exemplary kindness and attention to the patients, but also by the most anxious solicitude for the amelioration of the institution itself. Dr. Warburton died at his house in Park-crescent, Portland-place, 2nd June, 1845, aged fifty-two, and was buried in Highgate cemetery.

William Munk

[(1) Lancet, of 14th March, 1846, p. 293]

(Volume III, page 242)

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