George A. Gibson

George Alexander Gibson (1854 – 1913)

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

Gibson was educated at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh where he initially studied Law, before changing to Medicine.

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

Eponymously affiliated with the Gibson murmur (1906) and the Gibson Memorial Lecture (1913)

  • Born on January 27, 1854 in Kelliebank, Muckhart
  • 1874 – BSc; Falconer Memorial Fellowship
  • 1877 – DSc; thesis: The Old Red Sandstone of Shetland
  • 1878 – Assistant-physician, Birmingham General Hospital
  • House-physician to George Balfour at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • 1881 – MD, Edinburgh University
  • Appointed President of the Dialectic Society and Royal Medial Society
  • 1893-1913 Physician to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
  • Died January 18, 1913 in Edinburgh

It is given to few men, as it was to Gibson, to attract and to keep attached so wide a circle of friends and admirers. He was a great, large-hearted human. Everything pertaining to humanity was of interest to him. He believed in men, he loved men, and he was loved and trusted in return.

Obituary 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 original description:

It persists throughout the second sound, and dies away gradually during the long pause. The murmur is distinctly rough and thrilling in its character. It begins, however, somewhat softly, and increases in intensity so as to reach its acme just about, or immediately after, the incidence of the second sound, and from that point gradually wanes till its termination.

G. A. Gibson 1906
Gibson Murmur PDA 1906 fig 51
Gibson 1906
Other eponyms

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the person behind the name

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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