Thomas Grainger Stewart

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Thomas Grainger Stewart
Thomas Grainger Stewart's grave, Dean Cemetery

Sir Thomas Grainger Stewart FRSE FRCPE (23 September 1837 in Edinburgh – 3 February 1900 in Edinburgh) was an eminent Scottish physician who served as president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1889–1891), president of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh, president of the medicine section of the British Medical Association, and Physician-in-Ordinary to the Queen for Scotland.[1] He was perhaps best known for describing the condition known as multiple neuritis as well as directing scientific attention in Great Britain to the deep reflexes.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1858. He was made a Professor of Medicine in 1876 until his death in 1900. He wrote several prominent medical works, notably on kidney, lung and nervous diseases, and the popular textbook On the position and prospects of therapeutics: a lecture introductory to a course on materia medica and dietetic (1862).[2]

He was also a literary critic, playwright, and amateur archaeologist.

He is buried in an east-facing grave in one of the smaller south sections in Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh. His daughter, Agnes Grainger Stewart, was a writer.


  1. ^ Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002: Biographical Index (PDF) II. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 978-0-902198-84-5. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Sir Thomas G. Stewart Dead – Career of the Famous Physician of Edinburgh". New York Times. 4 February 1900. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 

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