Grieve, James (DNB00)

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GRIEVE, JAMES, M.D. (d. 1773), translator of ‘Celsus,’ was educated at Edinburgh University, where he graduated M.D. 31 April 1752. He was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physicians 30 Sept. 1762. In 1764 he was appointed physician to St. Thomas's Hospital, and in the following year to the Charterhouse. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society 2 March 1769, and became a fellow of the College of Physicians ‘speciali gratia’ 30 Sept. 1771. He died 9 July 1773 at his official residence in Charterhouse Square. He is described by Dr. Lettsom [q. v.], who was his pupil, as an amiable man and unassuming scholar. In 1756 he published ‘A. Cornelius Celsus of Medicine in eight books, translated, with Notes Critical and Explanatory, by James Grieve, M.D.’ A third edition of this translation, which is a painstaking and excellent piece of work, was published in 1837, ‘carefully revised with additional notes by George Futvoye.’ According to Watt he was the translator of Stephen Krasheninnikov's ‘History of Kamschatka,’ published at London 1763, Gloucester 1764, and afterwards at St. Petersburg.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. ii. 297, where his name is spelt Greive ; Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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