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Biographical entry White, Andrew (1780 - 1858)

MRCS July 3rd 1818; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; MD Marischal College Aberdeen, 1821.

31 October 1780
18 December 1858
General surgeon


Born on Oct 31st, 1780, entered the Army on Nov 9th, 1799, as Surgeon's Mate unattached, was gazetted Assistant Surgeon to the 88th Foot on Sept 10th, 1803, was promoted to be Surgeon on May 30th, 1805, to Staff Surgeon on May 23rd, 1811, to Deputy Inspector of Hospitals on Sept 25th, 1817; later Deputy Inspector-General of Hospitals. He retired on half pay on Sept. 26th, 1817. He had a distinguished war service in Holland in 1799, in Egypt in 1801, and in the Peninsula from 1808-1813.

In 1816 he was appointed Superintendent of the Plague at Corfu under General Sir Thomas Maitland, High Commissioner of the Ionian Isles, and dedicated his A Treatise on Plague, 1846, to Sir James McGrigor, Bart, under whom he had served in Egypt; he presented a copy to the College Library. He believed plague to be contagious, introduced into Corfu and Cephalonia by smugglers; and maintained that the quarantine regulations should be rigidly enforced.

In retirement he lived latterly in Hertford Street, Mayfair, and became one of the few survivors of the Egyptian and Peninsular Wars. He died suddenly at Teddington on Dec. 18th, 1858.

A Treatise on the Plague, 8vo, London, 1846.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Johnston's RAMC Roll, No 2262].

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