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Biographical entry Anderson, Alexander Dunlop (1794 - 1871)

MRCS April 5th 1816; FRCS Aug 26th 1844; MD Edin 1819; FFPS Glasgow 1822.

13 May 1871
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
General surgeon


Son of Andrew Anderson, merchant, of Greenock, and nephew of Professor John Anderson, founder of the Andersonian University, Glasgow. Born in Greenock, he pursued his preliminary studies in Glasgow, and completed his medical training in Edinburgh and London. He was appointed a Surgeon's Mate (General Service) in 1813, and on March 13th was Hospital Assistant to the Forces. On May 12th, 1814, he joined the 49th Foot as Assistant Surgeon, but was afterwards placed on half pay, was re-employed by exchange on full pay, was again placed on half pay, and finally commuted on Sept 3rd, 1830. He served in Canada for a part of the time. He practised in Glasgow in 1820 and was elected Surgeon to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1823, being appointed Physician to the Institution in 1838. Also served as Physician to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, and from 1852-1855 was President of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons.

He married in 1829 a daughter of Thomas McCall, of Craighead, Lanarkshire, and had by her four sons and two daughters. Of the sons one, Dr T McCall Anderson, became Professor of Medicine in the Andersonian University.

A D Anderson died at 159 St Vincent Street, Glasgow, on May 13th, 1871. He wrote only a few articles for professional papers, and is best remembered by that "On the Treatment of Burns by Cotton," published in the Glasgow Medical Journal for 1828. He is said to have enjoyed an extensive share of what is called "the best practice". He had a delicate sense of honour, and always showed himself acutely sensitive in regard to the feelings of others. His portrait by Sir Daniel Macnee, painted in 1870, hangs in the Faculty Hall at Glasgow.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Glasgow Med. Jour., 1871, N.S. iii, 557. Duncan's Memorials of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, No. 436, p. 279. Lancet, 1871, i, 764. Brit. Med. Jour., 1871, i. 600].

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