Lives of the fellows

William White Williams

b.April 1815 d.6 August 1880
MD St And MRCS FRCP(1873)

A native of Gloucestershire, William Williams studied at the London Hospital and gained his initial qualifications in 1837. He practised first in Oxfordshire and then at Hayes in Middlesex. Here he met Conolly and decided to make a special study of insanity. From 1846 till 1863, when he retired on account of ill health, he was able, as superintendent of the Gloucester County Asylum, to apply Conolly’s "non-restraint" methods. During his tenure of office, the private patients were transferred to the new Lunatic Hospital at Barnwood, which owed its foundation and success to his inspiration. Williams was, for a time, honorary secretary of the Association of Medical Officers of Asylums for the Insane. A keen follower of the latest developments in psychological medicine, he was also, for many years, honorary secretary of the Medico-Psychological Association. In his retirement, he lived at Cheltenham.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1880]

(Volume IV, page 220)

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