Lives of the fellows

John Webster

b.1794 d.21 July 1876
MD Berlin(1820) LRCP(1821) FRCP(1843)

John Webster, M.D., was born at Inverarity, in Angusshire, and was the eldest son of the Rev. John Webster, the minister of that place, from whom he received his preparatory education. After an apprenticeship of three years to Mr. Adam, of Forfar, he was sent to the university of Edinburgh, where he remained four winter sessions. He was admitted a member of the Edinburgh College of Surgeons, and then visited London, and attended the lectures in Windmill-street, and the practice of St. George’s hospital. After one year spent at Paris, and the like in Italy, mostly at Pavia, he proceeded to Berlin, where he graduated doctor of medicine 25th March, 1820 (D.M.I. de Aere per Italiam insalubri deque Febre inde oriunda Romæ endemica).

Returning to England, Dr. Webster settled in London, was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 16th April, 1821, a Fellow 11th July, 1843; he was Consiliarius in 1851, 1852, 1853, and Censor in 1852. Dr. Webster devoted much time and labour to the examination of lunatic asylums, prisons, and medical institutions at home and abroad. In pursuit of these objects he travelled nearly a hundred thousand miles, and visited every capital in Europe. The results of his investigations he gave to the public in various periodical publications, general and medical. Dr. Webster eventually retired to St. Andrew’s, N.B., and died there 21st July, 1876, aged eighty-two.

He was the author of—
An Essay on the Epidemic Cholera. 12mo. Lond. 1832.
Observations on the Admission of Medical Pupils to Bethlem Hospital for Studying Mental Diseases. 3rd edition. 8vo. Lond. 1842.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 233)

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