William Miller Ord

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William Miller Ord

William Miller Ord, FRCP (23 September 1834 – 14 May 1902) was a British medical scientist. He was a surgeon at St. Thomas Hospital in London, where he worked for 50 years.[1][2]


Ord was born in 1834, the son of George Ord, MRCS, a surgeon who practiced in Brixton. He received his medical education at St Thomas' Hospital, where he entered in 1852, and at London University. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1855, and a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1869 (later elected a Fellow in 1875).[3]

At St. Thomas′, he was successively surgical registrar, house surgeon, lecturer in comparative anatomy, lecturer in physiology, assistant physician lecturer in medicine, and physician. He was also elected Dean of the Medical School.[3]

In 1879 he described Ord's thyroiditis.[4]

He was an active member of the Medical Society of London, and was president of the society in 1885.[3]

Ord died at The Hall, in Salisbury, residence of his son, on 14 May 1902.[3]


  • Syllabus of Lectures on Comparative Anatomy
  • Influence of Colloids upon Crystalline form and Cohesion
  • A new Theory of Hyperpyrexia
  • On Myxoedema, a term proposed to be applied to an essential condition in the cretinoid infection observed in middle aged women. Transactions of The Medical - Chirurgical Society Of London 1878; 61: 57
  • Report of a committee of the Clinical Society of London nominated December 14, 1883, to investigate the subject of myxoedema. Trans. Clin. Soc. Lond. 1888; 21 (Suppl)


  1. ^ "AIM25 collection description". Aim25.ac.uk. 1902-05-14. Retrieved 2013-01-09. 
  2. ^ "William Miller Ord, M.D., F.R.C.P.Lond". British Medical Journal. 1 (2160): 1315–1317. 1902. doi:10.1136/bmj.1.2160.1315. PMC 2512147Freely accessible. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Obituary - Dr. William Miller Ord". The Times (36777). London. 26 May 1902. p. 10. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived May 8, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.