Lives of the fellows

John Cavafy

b.12 June 1838 d.28 April 1901
MB Lond(1867) MD FRCP(1876)

John Cavafy was born at Tulse Hill, the son of George John Cavafy, a City merchant, and his wife Mary, who were both of Greek descent. His education took place at Brighton and University College, London, and he spent four years in a City office before receiving his father’s permission to embark on a medical career. He studied at St. George’s Hospital from 1861 to 1867, taking his M.B. degree in the latter year. He then held a number of junior appointments at St. George’s and was elected assistant physician in 1875. He lectured in turn on comparative anatomy, physiology and medicine. He became full physician in 1882 and at the same time was given charge of the skin department. He was also physician to the Victoria Hospital for Children for some years and examined in medicine for London University. Poor health compelled him to retire to Hove in 1898. Cavafy was a capable and cautious physician and a successful, if sometimes diffident, lecturer. Botany, ornithology and water colour painting were his hobbies, and he was a fine linguist. He married Marigo, daughter of Antonio Ralli, and left one daughter. He died while on a visit to London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1901; B.M.J., 1901; Times, 2 May 1901]

(Volume IV, page 240)

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