Lives of the fellows

Thomas Albert Carter

b.1834 d.14 December 1905
MD Edin FRCP(1874) JP

Thomas Carter was born at Henley and, after being apprenticed to a doctor at Woodstock, continued his medical studies at Edinburgh, where he graduated in 1856 with a gold medal for his thesis. He then worked for a time in Berlin and Paris and, on returning to Edinburgh, became resident physician at the Royal Infirmary as well as senior president of the Royal Medical Society. While there, he was the first to demonstrate, by means of an injected solution of his own discovery, direct connection between the capillaries of the blood-system and the smallest tributaries of the lymphatic system—a connection, however, that has since been doubted. Having settled in Leamington in 1859 he quickly attained so large a practice that his original researches came to an end. He was appointed physician to the Warwick Dispensary and the Warneford Hospital but retired altogether from practice at the age of fifty. For the rest of his life, he devoted himself to his art collection and the garden at his home near Stratford-on-Avon, where he died, survived by his widow, four sons and two daughters.

G H Brown

[B.M.J., 1905]

(Volume IV, page 222)

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