Lives of the fellows

William Dingle Chowne

b.1791 d.17 September 1870
MD Edin MRCS FRCP(1857)

William Chowne qualified in 1813 and then settled in practice in the Holland district of Lincolnshire. After several years, however, he abandoned his practice, took the degree of M.D. at Edinburgh University and continued his studies abroad. In 1833 he established himself as a physician in London. From 1834 until his death, Charing Cross Hospital was his main interest. He was, in fact, one of the organisers and one of the four original managers of its Medical School. He held the successive appointments of assistant physician (1834-37), physician (1837-67) and consulting physician, and lectured on obstetrics and medicine. His several appointments outside the Hospital included those of physician-accoucheur to the St. George’s and St. James’s Dispensary and consulting physician to the Paddington Lying-In Charity. He was president of the Westminster Medical Society and promoted its union with the Medical Society of London, of which he also became president. He was an advocate of sanitary reform and a frequent contributor to medical journals.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1870; Medical Circular, 1852, i, 261, 301; Medical Press and Circular, 1870, x, 252; Hunter, 129]

(Volume IV, page 88)

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