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Biographical entry Hobson, Lewis John (1852 - 1939)

MRCS 21 July 1875; FRCS 14 June 1877; MB BS London 1875; MD 1882.

4 April 1852
Eaton Socon, Huntingtonshire
22 February 1939


Born 4 April 1852 at Eaton Socon, Huntingdonshire, the second son and third child of William Hobson, merchant, and Susan Ann Squire his wife. He was educated at Bedford School, where he was first prizeman, and at University College Hospital, where he won the gold medals for physiology, comparative anatomy, materia medica, midwifery, and surgery. He then went to Bristol as house surgeon at the General Hospital and served afterwards as senior house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and acting medical officer at the Sea Bath, Hospital, Scarborough; moving to York he became honorary physician to the York County Hospital from 1882 to 1884. From York he settled at Harrogate, was appointed to the staff of the Royal Bath Hospital 1885, filled the office until 1932, when he resigned and was appointed consulting physician, and was made a vice-president of the Hospital in April 1935 on completing his fifty years of service.

He married twice: (1) in 1880 Francis Vernon Armitage, of Huddersfield, who died on 16 October 1935, and (2) on 29 April 1936, Gladys Taylor Jefferson, fourth daughter and sixth child of Matthew and Mary Elizabeth Jefferson, of Middlesborough. There were no children of either marriage. He died at Hastings on 22 February 1939, and was buried in Stonefall Cemetery, Harrogate. Hobson was well known as a spa physician and was more especially interested in the treatment of diseases of the skin. He was a founder of the Harrogate Medical Society and acted as president in 1896.

Psoriasis, London, 1894.
Causes and treatment of eczema. 1891.
Treatment of common skin diseases at Harrogate spa. Brit med J 1913, 2, 1019.

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