Lives of the fellows

William Bathurst Woodman

b.1836 d.8 July 1877

The son of a New Forest Congregationalist minister, William Woodman was born at Stroud and studied medicine at the London Hospital. After qualifying in 1861, he held a number of house appointments at the Hospital and also one at the Torbay Infirmary. He settled in practice in the City and joined the staffs of the London Orphan Asylum, the North-Eastern Hospital for Children and the London Dispensary. At the time of the cholera epidemic of 1866-67 he was medical superintendent of the Limehouse Hospital. The London Hospital, however, remained his chief concern. He became assistant physician in 1870 and physician in 1877, and lectured in the School, first on comparative anatomy and then on physiology. He also examined in medicine at Apothecaries’ Hall. In spite of his numerous commitments, he found time to publish, in addition to several papers, a translation of Wunderlich’s Medical Thermometry in 1871 and to prepare, in collaboration with C. M. Tidy, a comprehensive Manual of Forensic Medicine, published after his death. In every respect, in the outpatient department, in the classroom and in his writings, his work bore evidence of laborious devotion to duty as well as wide knowledge, which compensated for the greater brilliance and adroitness of some of his colleagues. His learning extended to non-scientific subjects, and he was a scholar of both ancient and modern European languages. He died at the early age of forty-one, only a few weeks after his appointment as full physician to the London Hospital.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1877; Morris, 277]

(Volume IV, page 243)

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