George Alexander Gibson

George Alexander Gibson (1854 – 1913)

George Alexander Gibson (1854 – 1913) was a Scottish physician.

Physician and amateur geologist, Gibson wrote on the diverse fields of both geology and heart disease.

Eponymously affiliated with the Gibson murmur (1906)


  • Born 27 January 1854
  • Educated at both the University of Glasgow and Edinburgh University. Obtained his DSc in 1877 and MD in 1881 
  • Initially studied Law before changing to Medicine. His father was a solicitor
  • Briefly appointed assistant-physician to Birmingham General Hospital 1878
  • House-physician to George Balfour at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Appointed President of the Dialectic Society and Royal Medial Society
  • Held his appointment as a Physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for 22 years
  • Died 18 January 1913

Medical Eponyms

Gibson murmur (1906)

Long rumbling continuous (machinery) murmur occupying most of systole and diastole, most commonly localized in the second left interspace near the sternum. Usually indicative of patent ductus arteriosus.

Gibson murmur cardiac eponym
Other eponyms

Major Publications


eponymictionary CTA


the person behind the name

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and informatics. Asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | vocortex |

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