Alexander Patterson

Biography of Alexander Patterson

Alexander Patterson was a native of Ulster and graduated from the University MD in 1854. He obtained various awards whilst at the University, including prizes for his written work in Midwifery and Anatomy during the 1851-1852 session and a prize for general eminence in Forensic Medicine during the 1853-1854 session.

He was appointed dispensary surgeon to Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1868 whilst also serving as surgeon to the Glasgow Lying-in Hospital. In 1872 he became surgeon to the Lock Hospital before moving to the Western Infirmary shortly afterwards. Working at the Royal Infirmary allowed him to witness the anti-septic system developed by Lord Lister, a method which he espoused the virtues of at the Glasgow-Medico-Chirurgical Society in 1873.

Patterson was pioneer in renal surgery and also emphasised the importance of fresh air for his patients, insisting on proper ventilation throughout the wards. In 1860 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh and nine years later a Fellow of Physicians and Surgeons of in Glasgow. He also lectured in Clinical Surgery at the University. He passed away in 1909.


Alexander Patterson
Died 1909.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MD, 1854;
Occupation categories: surgeons
Record last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

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