William Richard Basham

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William Richard Basham, M.D. (1804–1877) was an English physician.


Basham was born at Diss, Norfolk. He was at first placed in a banking house, but entered as a student at Westminster Hospital in 1831. In 1833 he went to Edinburgh, and took his M.D. degree in the following year. After this he made a voyage to China, where, in a skirmish on the Canton River, he received a wound in the leg. In 1843 he was appointed physician to the Westminster Hospital, and he devoted himself to the school, giving lectures on medicine until 1871.


He was a specialist in dropsy and renal disease, and wrote on these subjects. The illustrations in his works were from his own pencil. He was the author of:

  • ‘On Dropsy,’ 1858.
  • ‘On Renal Diseases,’ 1870.
  • ‘Aids to the Diagnosis of Diseases of the Kidney,’ 1872.



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Basham, William Richard". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.