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William MacIntyre

Born  1791
Died  1857-03-04

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British physician, born 1791 or 1792; died March 4, 1857, Brighton.

Biography of William MacIntyre

Verly little is known about William MacIntyre's early life, and nothing about his famuly background. His name has also been given as MacIntire. Even his year of birth is uncertain, given as 1791 or 1792. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1811 and established a successful practice, eventually in Harley Street, London. He was also a consultant to the Western General Dispensary and Metropolitan Convalescent Institution. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1851 and died in Broghton in 1857. What is now known as Bence Jones protein was found in one of his patients. See under Henry Bence Jones.


  • On apoplectic affections. The Lancet, 1841.
  • Nomina Eorum qui Gradum Medicinae Doctoris in Academia Jacobi Sexti Scotorum Regis que Edinburgi est.
    Edinburgh: Neill, 1846: 220.
  • On the gastric origin of diabetes, with illustrative cases. London Medical Journal, 1850.
  • N. H. Schuster:
    The Western General Dispensary, St Marylebone.
    St Marylebone Society Publications No 5, 1961.

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