Lives of the fellows

Joseph Wiglesworth

b.1854 d.16 May 1919
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1898)

Joseph Wiglesworth received his medical training at Liverpool and St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, and qualified in the year 1876. He filled resident posts in the Liverpool Royal Infirmary and St. George’s Hospital for Skin Diseases, Liverpool, before being appointed assistant medical officer at the County Asylum, Rainhill. With this institution he remained connected for the rest of his career, succeeding to the office of medical superintendent after a few years. He was lecturer on mental diseases at Liverpool University and in 1903 president of the Medico-Psychological Association. His early retirement was occasioned by a murderous assault by one of his patients which nearly cost him his life. Thereafter he lived at Winscombe in Somerset, devoting himself to the study of birds. He was the author of a book on St. Kilda and its Birds. He was married and had one son.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1919; B.M.J., 1919]

(Volume IV, page 408)

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