John Abercrombie (1780–1844)

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John Abercrombie studied at the University of Edinburgh and St George’s Hospital, London. He commenced general practice in Edinburgh in 1804, having joined the College of Surgeons. Abercrombie became attached the Royal Public Dispensary and also took on pupils studying for medial degrees. He wrote extensively on the pathological aspects of disease and his best known works included 'Pathological and Practical Researches on the Diseases of the Brain and Spinal Cord' (1828) and 'Diseases of the Stomach, Intestinal Canal, the Liver and the other Viscera of the Abdomen' (1828).

In 1824 he became a fellow of the RCPE and served as fiscal, censor and general member of the council at various times. In 1841 it was proposed that he ought to be made president of the College, however he declined as he had suffered from a serious illness earlier that year.

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John Abercrombie (1780–1844)





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