Lives of the fellows

Benjamin Alexander

b.1735 d.27 April 1768
MD Leyden(1761) LRCP(1765)

Benjamin Alexander, M.D., was an Irishman. On the 28th November, 1761, being then twenty-five years of age, he was inscribed on the physic line at Leyden, preparatory to taking his degree of doctor of medicine, which he did 1st December, 1761 (D.M.I. de Motu Musculorum). He was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 25th June, 1765. He was elected physician to the London hospital 5th June, 1765; and died 27th April, 1768, about the thirty-third year of his age. Dr. Alexander is still remembered by his translation into English of Morgagni’s great-work " De Sedibus et Causis Morborum," which issued from the London press, in three volumes quarto, the year after his death. " Dr. Alexander," says Mr. Wadd, " was a short, corpulent man, and so great a devotee of the Brunonian system, that he drank thirteen pints of porter the day of his death. He was not in much business, and was chiefly supported by two bachelors of the name of Cook, opulent silk mercers at Aldgate, by whose interest he was introduced into the London hospital. He used to say he undertook the translation of Morgagni’s work in consequence of a taunt from Sir George Baker, but the guinea per sheet from the bookseller was a more probable cause. He was a clever man, but vain of his talents."

William Munk

(Volume II, page 270)

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