Surgeon Andrew Douglas RN

 

Andrew Douglas (1735/6–1806), physician and man-midwife, was born in Teviotdale, Roxburghshire, and educated at the University of Edinburgh.

He began work as a surgeon in the navy in 1756, and later practised at Deal before returning to Edinburgh in 1775 where he graduated MD. He settled in London with the intention of practising midwifery, and was for several years physician to the Charity for Delivering Poor Married Women at their Own Houses. Douglas was admitted a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians on 30 September 1776.

He published De variolae insitione (his MD thesis) in 1775; Observations on an Extraordinary Case of Ruptured Uterus in 1785; and Observations on the Rupture of the Gravid Uterus in 1789.

Douglas grew rich by marriage, gave up practice, and travelled abroad. From 1792 to 1796 he was detained as a prisoner in France.

In 1800 he left London for Scotland and settled at Ednam House, near Kelso. He died at Buxton, Derbyshire, on 10 June 1806, aged seventy.

 

 

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