Prof. Sir Byrom Bramwell

1847 - 1931

Physician and medical scientist. Born in North Shields (England), Bramwell studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh between 1865 and 1869, under the likes of Prof. John Goodsir (1814-67), Prof. James Syme (1799 - 1870), Prof. Sir James Young Simpson (1811-70) and Prof. John Hughes Bennett (1812-75). He worked briefly at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (1869), Durham (1871-74) and then Newcastle Royal Infirmary (1874-79) before returning to Edinburgh to work as a surgeon and run extra-mural classes, where he was the first to teach clinical medicine to women. He gained a reputation as an industrious teacher and clinician. He published several books and many scientific papers, examining, for example, brain tumours, anaemia, and diseases of the spinal cord and heart. He was also one of the busiest consultant physicians in Scotland. Bramwell retired in 1912.

He was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1910, was awarded honorary degrees by Edinburgh and St. Andrews and was knighted in 1924. Bramwell died at his home, 10 Heriot Row in Edinburgh, and lies buried in Dean Cemetery close to his mentors Goodsir and Bennett.

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