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Sir Herman David Weber

Born 1823
Died 1918

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German physician in London, born December 30, 1823, Holzkirchen, Unterfranken; died November 11, 1918, London.

Biography of Sir Herman David Weber

Herman David Weber Weber was the son of a German father and Italian mother. He entered medical school in Marburg and graduated doctor of medicine in Bonn in 1848. In Marburg he met several the Waterloo veterans, among them Sir James Simpson (1811-1870), the Scottish physician who introduced chloroform as a pain reliever in 1847.

Weber obtained a position at the German Hospital in Dalston, England, and married an Englishwoman in 1854. He went to Guy’s Hospital in London and became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1855, fellow in 1859. 1879-1881 he was a censor and repeatedly member of the College’s committee. He retired as a hospital physician in 1890, but remained consulting physician to the German Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Consumption in Ventor, Mount Vernon Consumption Hospital (Hampstead and Northwood) and the King Edward VII Sanatory. He was also consulting physician and German embassy physician in London.

Weber was a great advocate of healthy exercise and advises his patients to take their vacation in the Alps, as he did.

His son was Frederick Parkes Weber (1863-1962) who became an even more famous physician, and lived to the age of 99.

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