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James Morton


Photographic portrait of Dr James Morton.

Morton was from a family with little money so had to find the money himself to pay for his medical education. He initially studied medicine at Anderson's University and became a Licentiate of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1844. He went on to earn an MD from the University of St Andrews in 1845, after which he moved to Glasgow. In 1851 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and was Professor of Materia Medica at Anderson's University until 1888.

He worked as a surgeon at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary at the same time as Joseph Lister, but was not a supporter of Lister's work into antisepsis. He wasn't totally against the idea of antisepsis, but instead refused to believe that carbolic acid was the best solution to use as an antiseptic.

Morton was president of the College from 1886 to 1889.


c. 1870


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James Morton


James Morton



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