Person NamePoole; Richard (-1870)
HistoryEdinburgh-born Poole obtained his MD from St Andrews University in 1805. He became a fellow of the college in 1825 and established a private medical practice in the city. Poole was closely involved in College affairs as councillor and honorary librarian. He also assumed the role of historian and the College still possesses his preparatory notes for a history of the College which were also later utilised by Craig in his history of the RCPE (1980).

Poole became physician to the Royal Public Dispensary and developed a particular interest in mental illness. This was reflected in his appointment as medical superintendent at the Royal Lunatic Asylum at Montrose, a position which he held until 1845. Following this he purchased Middlefield House, a small private asylum near Aberdeen and he managed this facility until shortly before his death.

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