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Biographical entry Briggs, James ( - 1848)

MRCS Dec 21st 1804; FRCS Dec 11th 1843; one of the original 300 Fellows.

29 March 1848
General surgeon


James Briggs was co-opted a Member of Council on July 11th, 1828, on the resignation of John Heaviside. He was for many years on the staff of the Lock Hospital, of which he was Senior Surgeon at the time of his death; he was also Consulting Surgeon of the Public Dispensary. According to his biographer Briggs felt most acutely the injustice with which his claims were treated when the Council refused to appoint him a Member of the Court of Examiners. Fellow-sufferers with him were John Howship and Thomas Copeland (qv), Surgeon Extraordinary to the Queen. It is possible that he had not lived up to the reputation which he must have undoubtedly enjoyed when elected in succession to the well-known John Heaviside. He died at his house, 30 Edgware Road, on March 29th, 1848.

Briggs was well known as the translator of works by Scarpa:
Practical Observations on the Principal Diseases of the Eye; Illustrated with Cases. Translated from the Italian with Notes, 8vo, London, 1806; 2nd ed., 1818; also Scarpa on Scirrhus and Cancer and on the Cutting Gorget of Hawkins.
Briggs's own original work, published in 1845 by Longman and others, is entitled, On the Treatment of Strictures of the Urethra by Mechanical Dilatation (and other diseases attendant on them; with some anatomical observations on the natural form and dimensions of the urethra, with a view to the more precise adaptation and use of the instruments employed in their relief), 8vo, London.
He had also, with indefatigable industry, indexed all the papers on anatomical, medical, surgical, and physiological subjects in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society from their first year of publication in 1865 down to 1813.

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