CodeDS/UK/84
Person NameAffleck; James Ormiston (1840-1922); Sir; physician; surgeon
Dates1840-1922
TitleSir
Epithetphysician; surgeon
HistoryJames Ormiston Affleck (1840-24 September 1922) was born in Stockbridge, Edinburgh and began his education in accounting before becoming the House Physician at the Royal Infirmary. In 1868 he would go on to become assistant to his friend Sir Douglas Maclagen in his laboratory at the Department of Medical Jurisprudence where he recieved training in chemical investigations. At the same time, Affleck began general practice in Clarence Street and later in Henderson Row in Edinburgh. He also served as a Physician and public vaccinator with the New Town Dispensary after becoming a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1869.

In 1870 Affleck was appointed as Assistant Physician to the Royal Infirmary and also began lecturing on Practice and Physic at the Surgeon's Hall. In 1875 he was elected a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and became a full Physician to the Royal Infirmary in 1885. He was also a Physician and Director of the Longmore Hospital for Incurables, in which he took a special interest. Upon his reitiring from the Infirmary, Affleck was appointed as a Consulting Physician to the City Fever Hospital.

Affleck's other associations include membership of the Board of Management of the Royal Asylum for the Insane and of the Sick Children's Hospital, Consulting Physician to the Maternity Hospital, and President of Medico-Chirurgical Society. He also recieved an honorary degree of LL.D. from his Alma Mater in 1908 and the honour of knighthood in 1911. Affleck was unmarried but had a devoted companion in his elder sister.

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