Browse Fellows


www Lives

Biographical entry Price, David (1787 - 1870)

MRCS May 15th 1812; FRCS Aug 12th 1852; MD St Andrews 1825; JP.

30 May 1870
General surgeon


The son of a Welsh clergyman, probably one of the Radnorshire family. He studied at the united hospitals of Guy's and St Thomas's, where he was a pupil of Cline and a prime favourite of Sir Astley Cooper. After qualifying he practised in the East End of London, but his health giving way he removed in 1826 to Margate. Here he was a leading practitioner, and as Margate began to grow into an important health resort, became extensively known to the general public. When the town was incorporated in 1857 he was the first Mayor, and at the time of his death was an Alderman and Consulting Surgeon to the Hospital for Scrofula - now the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital - besides holding other important local offices. He practised in Margate for some forty-four years, devoting some hours twice a week to gratuitous attendance on the poor.

He was the very type of the gentlemanly general practitioner, and was remarkably good-looking even in old age. He was painstaking, earnest, and able, inspiring confidence by his manly bearing and pleasing manners, and extracting from all who knew him much reverence for his thorough honesty and uprightness.

He laboured with little-diminished energy to within a few months of his death, and died on May 30th, 1870, in the house he had bought and resided in since 1826. He was buried in the Margate Cemetery. He had many children, some of whom were distinguished - Peter Price, author of a well-known essay on Surgery of Diseased Joints, with Special Reference to the Operation of Excision (8vo, London, 1859), was a rising surgeon at the time of his death (1864), which occurred before that of his father; another son, David Price, was a man of high scientific attainments; and Dr William Price carried on his father's practice.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Med Times and Gaz, 1870, i, 649].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England