Lives of the fellows

Tristram Whitter

b.c.1774 d.23 June 1861
MB Cantab(1800) MD(1807) FRCP(1808)

Tristram Whitter, M.D., was born in London, but was descended from an old and respectable family in Devonshire. He received his early education at Blundell’s school, Tiverton, whence he was transferred to Christ’s college, Cambridge, as a member of which he proceeded M.B. 1800, M.D. 11th February, 1807. In the interval between his two degrees he studied at St. Bartholomew’s hospital, and passed one year at Edinburgh, and another at Gottingen.

He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1807, a Fellow 30th September, 1808, and was Censor in 1812. Dr. Whitter commenced business at Worthing, but in 1811 settled in London, and in the course of that year was appointed physician to the Westminster hospital, an office which he retained until 1818. Eventually he retired to Bath, and died at his house in Lansdowne-crescent on the 5th February, 1855, aged eighty-one, from an overdose of morphia, in sequel to a mistake of the person who compounded the prescription. The druggist’s apprentice, Robert Gane, was tried for manslaughter at Taunton before Mr. Justice Erie on the 30th March, 1855, and acquitted.

William Munk

(Volume III, page 65)

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