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Biographical entry Morris, James (1826 - 1900)

MRCS June 16th 1848; FRCS April 15th 1852; LSA 1849; MB Lond 1849; BA 1851; MD 1853.

29 October 1826
22 December 1900
General surgeon


Born in London on Oct 29th, 1856. He was the younger son of James Morris, a native of Paisley, and was educated in London and at Glasgow. At the age of 16 he began to study at University College and Hospital in the days of Sharpey, Jones Quain, W H Walshe, C T B Williams, S Cooper, and Liston. He was House Surgeon under Syme and Erichsen. At University College he gained medals in chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and at the Apothecaries' Society the Linnean Gold Medal for botany. At the University of London he took Gold Medals in anatomy, physiology, comparative anatomy, and surgery. Taking his MB in 1849, he began private practice at 79 Park Street, Grosvenor Square, W, but this did not hinder him from passing further examinations - the BA in 1851, FRCS in 1852, the MD in 1853. Later he practised at 13 Somers Place.

A widely read man, he was a Fellow of the Statistical Society and appreciated English and German poetry. Ill health compelled him to retire from practice, but he lived on at Somers Place, and was only ill in bed with influenza for three days before his death on Dec 22nd, 1900. He married in 1869 Agnes, daughter of his friend, John Turner, MA, of Glasgow. She died in 1899, and left two sons and three daughters. There is a portrait of him in the Fellows' Album.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit Med Jour, 1901, I, 121].

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