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Sir William Allchin

Nature volume 88, page 521 (15 February 1912) | Download Citation



SIR WILLIAM ALLCHIN died in a nursing home in London on February 8, in his sixty-sixth year, some days after an operation and after several months-of illness. The son of a doctor in Bayswater, he was, like his father, educated medically at University College Hospital. After being medical officer to the s.s. Great Eastern, which was employed in laying the submarine cable, he became assistant physician, and., subsequently dean of the medical school at the Westminster hospital, with which he remained connected, in the capacities of physician, consulting physician, and vice-president until his death. He was also consulting physician to the Victoria Hospital for Children, the Western Dispensary, and the St. Marylebone General Dispensary. He played a very active part in medicine in London, holding numerous offices and lectureships at the Royal College of Physicians, and at the Medical Society of London, of which he was president in 1901–2. He contributed articles mainly on abdominal diseases to standard works on medicine, such as Allbutt's “System of Medicine,” Quain's Dictionary and the “Encyclopædia Medica,” and edited, for Messrs. Macmillan, “A Manual of Medicine,” in five volumes, the last of which appeared in 1903. His distinction as a physician was shown by his appointment as Physician Extraordinary to H.M, the King.

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