Person NameAbercrombie; John (1781-1844); Dr; physician
HistoryDr John Abercrombie (11 October 1781- 14 November 1844) was born in Aberdeen, the son of Rev. George Abercrombie, and was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and subsequently graduated from Marischal College and University, Aberdeen and Edinburgh University in 1803.

In 1804 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, and was on their examining board between 1810 and 1821, and in 1805 he was elected one of the surgical officers of the Royal Public Dispensary. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1823.
In 1828, he was appointed First Physician in Scotland to the King. He was elected vice-president of the The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1835, after becoming a Fellow in 1831. Also in 1835, he was awarded an honorary M.D. by diploma by the University of Oxford.

He lived and worked In Edinburgh, living on Nicolson Street. Up until 1821 he was largely a general family practitioner, but after this date he restricted himself to consulting practice. He contributed works to a number of journals, on subjects such as diseases of the spinal marrow, apoplexy and tuberculosis, amongst others.

He fell ill in 1841, with cerebral congestion, and collapsed and died in 1844 of a rupture of one of the coronary veins. A bust of his head was made and resides in the museum of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was interred at St. Cuthbert's Churchyard, Edinburgh.

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