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George Kellie

Born  1758
Died  1829

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Scottish physician, born April 23, 1758, Whitekirk; died September 28, 1829.

Biography of George Kellie

George Kellie was the son of a surgeon. From 1797 he served as a ship's surgeon and in 1800, during the Napoleonic Wars, he was physician to the English prisoners at Valenciennes. George Kellie was a celebrated doctor in Leith and a member of the Royal College of Surgeons, where he also served as an examinator.


  • An account of the effects of compression by the tourniquet, in stopping the cold fit of intermittents.
    [Duncan's] Medical and Philosophical Commentaries, London, 1794.
  • Observations on the medical effects of compression by the tourniquet.
    Edinburgh, 1797.
  • De electricitate animali. Doctoral dissertation, Edinburgh, 1803.
  • Observations and experiments on the electricity of animals. Kellie published several papers in the Annals of Medicine, Edinburgh, 1896, 1798, 1801, 1804), among them on the anatomy of sharks and the treatment of syphilis with nitric acid. In The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal:
  • Historical and critical analysis of the functions of the skin.
  • History of a case of impracticable labour, in which the cesarian section was performed.
  • Reflections on the pathology of the brain.
    In: The Transactions of the Medico-Chirurgical Society of Edinburgh.
    Translated by Andreas Gottschalk (1815-1849) in Sammlung zur Kenntniss der Gehirn- und Rückenmarkskrankheiten, published by Christian Friedrich Nasse (1778-1851); Heft 1, 1837
  • Notes on the swelling of the tops of the hand and feet, and on a spasmodic affection of the thumbs and toes, which very commonly attends it.
    The Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1816, 12: 448-452.
    In his early account of chronic tetany, Kellie referred to carpo-pedal spasms of the glottis as part of the syndrome.

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