Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Gregory, George (1790-1853)

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655519Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 23 — Gregory, George (1790-1853)1890George Thomas Bettany

GREGORY, GEORGE (1790–1853), physician, grandson of John Gregory (1724-1773) [q.v.]. and second son of the Rev. William Gregory, one of the six preachers of Canterbury Cathedral, was born at Canterbury on 16 Aug. 1790. After his father's death in 1803 he lived with his uncle, Dr. James Gregory (1753-1821) [q. v.], in Edinburgh, and studied medicine in 1806-9 in Edinburgh University, and afterwards at St. George's Hospital, London, and the Windmill Street School of Medicine. He graduated M.D. Edinb. in 1811, became M.R.C.S. Engl. in 1812, and in 1813 was sent as assistant-surgeon to the forces in the Mediterranean, where he served in Sicily and at the capture of Genoa. At the close of the war he retired on half-pay, and commenced to practise in London, giving lectures on medicine at the Windmill Street School, and later at St. Thomas's Hospital. He was physician to the Small-pox and Vaccination Hospital from 1824, and to the General Dispensary, was a fellow of the Royal Society, and was elected a licentiate (30 Sept. 1816) and a fellow (30 Sept. 1839) of the Royal College of Physicians. He died at Camden Square, London, on 25 Jan. 1853. Gregory wrote largely in the medical journals, and was a contributor to the ‘Cyclopædia of Practical Medicine’ and to the ‘Library of Medicine.’ His principal works are: 1. ‘Elements of the Theory and Practice of Physic,’ 1820, 2 vols.; 6th ed. 1846; 3rd American ed. 1831. 2. ‘Lectures on the Eruptive Fevers,’ 1843.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. iii. 152; Gent. Mag. 1853, new ser. xxxix. 444.]

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