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Biographical entry Dalton, William ( - 1873)

MRCS May 14th 1830; FRCS Feb 9th 1854; MRCP Lond 1869.

Swansea, Wales, UK
12 November 1873
Bournemouth, Dorset, UK
General surgeon


Born at Swansea and early became a pupil of Mr Prosser of that town, after which he resided for some time with John Merriman, of Kensington, Apothecary to the Queen. After serving his apprenticeship he entered as a student at the united hospitals of Guy's and St Thomas's, where his career was distinguished. He also attended at the Webb Street School. He was for several years surgeon to a whaling ship in the South Pacific, and throughout life was fond of narrating his stirring adventures in those seas. He became so good a sailor that he was offered the command of a ship, but decided to remain a surgeon. He settled at Winchcombe, in Gloucestershire, whence he removed after seven years to Cheltenham. He rapidly acquired a very large and high-class practice, enjoying during thirty years a leading reputation as an obstetrician and general practitioner. His health failing, he entered into partnership with Dr Thomas M Rooke, but was eventually compelled in 1869 to relinquish practice altogether and to take up his residence in Bournemouth. He was subject to attacks of haematemesis, and died at his residence, Peach Lee House, Bournemouth, on Nov 12th, 1873.

During his active career he had held the following appointments, etc: Vice-President, Royal Medical College, Epsom; Surgeon, Cheltenham College and Ladies' College; Consulting Surgeon, Dispensary for Diseases of Women and Children; Surgeon, Australian Packet (1870); Surgeon to the 2nd Administrative Battalion Gloucestershire Volunteer Rifles.

"On the Anti-scorbutic Properties of the Raw Potato." - Lancet, 1842-3, i, 895.
"Turning the Child in Utero by the Fingers." - Ibid., 1845, i, 413.
"On the Use of the Long Forceps." - Ibid., 1851, ii, 459.

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