Westminster Medical Society

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The Westminster Medical Society was a London medical discussion group in existence from 1809 to 1850–1, when it merged into the Medical Society of London.

Its founders were Benjamin Brodie and Sir Charles Mansfield Clarke, Baronet.[1] Initially the Society absorbed the membership of the dormant Lyceum Medicum Londinense, founded in 1785 but inactive from about 1805.[2]

Its Presidents included Augustus Bozzi Granville in 1829, when the profile of the Society was high during discussion of gestation period in the Gardner peerage case,[3][4] in 1846 Henry Hancock,[5] and William Dingle Chowne who worked for the union with the Medical Society of London.[6] John Snow of Westminster Hospital attributed the development of his career to his association with the Society.[7]



  1. ^ Zuck, p. 9.
  2. ^ Richard Hingston Fox, Dr. John Fothergill and his Friends; chapters in eighteenth century life (1919), p. 151; archive.org.
  3. ^  "Granville, Augustus Bozzi". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^ The medical point at issue was whether gestation of 311 days was possible: London Medical Gazette, vol. 7 (1831) p. 741; Google Books.
  5. ^ Whonamedit? , Henry Hancock.
  6. ^ Munk's Roll page, William Dingle Chowne.
  7. ^ Snow, Stephanie J. "Snow, John". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/25979.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)