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Biographical entry Shepherd, William George (1815 - 1898)

MRCS March 1st 1832; FRCS May 12th 1859; MD King's College, Aberdeen, 1859; LSA 1840.

30 March 1898
General practitioner


Educated at the Aldersgate School of Medicine, where he was at one time Demonstrator of Anatomy. He was afterwards a successful general practitioner in Claremont Square, then in Myddelton Square, Clerkenwell, and was a good operator. The son of an Army officer, he inherited a taste for military life, and was for thirty-one years connected with the Victoria Rifles, rising from the rank of private to that of Surgeon Lieutenant-Colonel. His geniality and spirit of comradeship rendered him very popular in the ancient corps. His surgical aptitude brought him to the front in the very beginning of the movement for teaching first-aid to the wounded. His lectures and the drilling of his bearer companies were typical of a happy combination of military and surgical ability. The example which he set to the volunteers has been followed all over the kingdom, and the system which he was one of the first to illustrate has taken shape in the education of lay people in first-aid to the wounded in many directions. His pupil was Surgeon General Bradshaw.

Shepherd was a fine type of the general practitioner of the last generation; somewhat rugged, but honest, thorough, and a sterling friend. He kept his friends, and his patients loved him. Almost to the last year of his life he moved among those of longest standing, valued for what he had been in all the years gone by as well as for the energy and devotion which he still exhibited. He died at his residence, 30 Myddelton Square, on March 30th, 1898.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1898, i, 1153. Brit Med Jour, 1898, i, 1112].

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