The Times/1896/Obituary/James Dixon
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Mr. James Dixon, F.R.C.S., who died at his residence, Harrow-lands, Dorking, on Friday last, aged 82, was formerly one of the best-known oculists in London. He was at one time assistant surgeon at St. Thomas's Hospital, and was for many years consulting surgeon at the Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital,. He was author of a "Guide to the Practical Diseases of the Eye," which went to a third edition; and while resident at first in Green-street and afterwards in Portman-square enjoyed a very large practice as an oculist. In 1820, in consequence of the illness and subsequent death of his wife, he left London and gave up the active exercise of his profession. The last 25 years of his life were passed in retirement at Dorking, where he was ever ready with skilled advice and kindly help in cases of ophthalmic trouble among his poorer neighbours. Much of his leisure was devoted to the study of English language, and he had a special acquaintance with English literature and history of the 18th century and the earlier part of the present century. He was a frequent contributor to the columns of "Notes and Queries," and helped to collect materials for "Dr. Murray's English Dictionary."