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Biographical entry Rawes, William (1862 - 1917)

MRCS Aug 3rd 1885; FRCS Dec 13th 1888; MB Durham (1st in honours) 1886; MD 1898.

6 March 1917
Alienist and Physician


Studied at the London Hospital, where he was Scholar in medicine, surgery, and obstetric medicine from 1882. In 1885 he became House Physician to Hughlings Jackson and to Stephen Mackenzie; then House Surgeon to John Couper; afterwards Demonstrator of Physiology. His first appointment was that of Medical Officer at the General Post Office. In July, 1891, he became Assistant Medical Officer, and on Dec 26th, 1898, was appointed Medical Superintendent to St Luke's Hospital for Lunatics in succession to George Mickley. There he devoted his life to a study of his patients, and published a short "History of St Luke's Hospital" in the Journal of Mental Science, 1904 (vol 1, 37). He became well known from his practical experience as an alienist, and for detached views, but did not interest himself in Continental literature on mental disease and criminal insanity.

He was an excellent companion, beloved alike by his patients, fellow-workers, and friends. He had a fund of humour, travelled widely on holiday, read travels and history, was a Freemason, and Treasurer of the London Hospital Lodge No 2845. His work was brought to an end by the closing down of St Luke's Hospital, which was taken over in 1916 first by the Bank of England and then by the Post Office for official purposes. Rawes felt the termination keenly. He died at a nursing home in London on March 6th, 1917.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lond Hosp Gaz, 1917, xxi, 492, with portrait].

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