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Sir Henry Marsh

Born  1790
Died  1860

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British physician, born 1790, Lougrhea, Galway county; died December 1, 1860.

Biography of Sir Henry Marsh

Henry Marsh first intended to become a farmer, then decided for the clergy, but changed again to surgery. His surgical career was soon abandoned, however, as he lost his right forefinger due to an injury he suffered during a section. Now finally into the study of medicine, he obtained his doctorate at Dublin in 1818, for two years undertook scientific journeys on the Continent and subsequently became assistant physician in Stephen’s Hospital in Dublin. In 1822, with Robert James Graves (1797-1853), James William Cusack (1788-1862), Samuel Wilmot (1790-1848), Arthur Jacob (1790-1874), et al, he established the Park Street Medical School, at which he taught pathology until 1927, when he was called as teacher of surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He gave up the latter position in 1832, became physician to the queen, was knighted a baronet in 1839, and in 1840 became president of the King and Queen’s College of Physicians.


  • Case of jaundice with dissections.
    Dublin Hospital Reports, T. III, 1822.
  • Obs. on the treatment of diabetes mellitus.
    Dublin Hospital Reports, T. III, 1822.
  • Obs. upon the origin and latent periods of fevers.
    Dublin Hospital Reports, T. IV, 1827.
  • Obs. on the peculiar convulsive disease affecting young children which may be termed spasm of the glottis.
    Dublin Hospital Reports, V, 1830.
  • Cases of acute inflammation confined to the epiglottis.
    Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science, XIII, 1838.
  • The Emanation of Light from the Living Human Subject. Dublin, 1842.
  • Cases of strumous peritonitis with effusion.
    Dublin Journal of Medical and Chemical Science, XXIII, 1843.
  • Remarks on chlorosis and haemorrhage.
    Dublin Quarterly Journal of Medical Science, II, 1846.

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