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Biographical entry Webber, Charles Samuel (1809 - 1889)

MRCS March 25th 1836; FRCS May 16th 1864; LSA 1831.

7 August 1809
Hopton, Suffolk
20 July 1889
General surgeon


Born at Hopton, in Suffolk, on Aug 7th, 1809, the only son of Samuel Webber (d 1822), surgeon of that place and Colonel Commandant of the Blackwater Volunteers. He studied at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospitals and in Paris. He then assisted Samuel Randall, of Orford, Suffolk, and was appointed Surgeon Superintendent under HM Colonial Lands Emigration Commission. The Commissioner published his experiences as Journal of a Surgeon Superintendent (1843). He practised in Connaught Square, London, W, and after 1850 took into partnership John Easton. He became afflicted with an ailment which caused him such pain early in the day that he had recourse to opium in large quantities. Later in the day he was able to devote himself to useful work. For several years up to 1877 he was Hon Secretary to the British Medical Benevolent Fund, during which time he improved the system of keeping the Fund's accounts. Later his illness forced him more completely into retirement, and he died at 23 Abbey Road, NW, on July 20th, 1889.

The Lancet supplied, through Dr Charles J Hare and also from Dr Richard Neale, a long account of his disorder. The post-mortem revealed no sign of disease in the intestines, the suspected seat of his malady. The state of the nervous system was not recorded. He married in 1849 the daughter of M J Raynes, of Norwich.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1889, ii, 295, 352].

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