George Hilaro Barlow (physician)

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For the Governor-General of India, see Sir George Barlow, 1st Baronet.

George Hilaro Barlow (1806–1866) was a medical doctor, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the first editor of Guy's Hospital Reports,[1] and the principal author of A Manual of the Practice of Medicine. At Guy's Hospital, he and George Owen Rees were supervised by Richard Bright in jointly investigating renal diseases. This team approach to a subject was regarded as pioneering.[1] Barlow was a contemporary and colleague of both Thomas Addison, and Henry Marshall Hughes, to whom he dedicated his Manual.

The son of a clergyman, he was named after Sir George Barlow, 1st Baronet. Disliking life in the Royal Navy, he went to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read arts and medicine. Gaining his B.A. there in 1829, he went to Guy's the following year and furthered his formal studies in medicine. He became an assistant physician in 1840, then a full physician three years later. He promoted, and became president of, the Clinical Reports Society. He was described as highly analytical, considering many contending possibilities for every diagnosis.[2]


  1. ^ a b William B. Ober (1973). Great men of Guy's. Scarecrow. pp. xv, xviii. OCLC 643853118. 
  2. ^ Samuel Wilks; George Thomas Bettany. A biographical history of Guy's Hospital. pp. 239–242. 


External links[edit]

  • Barlow's biography indexed at Munk's Roll
  • G.H. Brown, William Munk. Lives of the fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, 1826-1925 Vol. 4. London : The College, 1955 OCLC 14278488