William Stokes (physician)

William Stokes (1804–1878)

William Stokes (1804–1878) was an Irish physician.

1838 – Co-founded the Pathological Society of Dublin along with Smith, Colles, Graves, and Corrigan

William Stokes recorded and published the autopsy of Abraham Colles (1773 – 1843) performed by Robert William Smith (of Smith fracture fame) as ‘Observations on the Case of the Late Abraham Colles. Colles requested that Smith be called upon to perform his own autopsy.

In 1825, Stokes produced one of the first treatises on the use of the stethoscope in clinical medicine. In 1846 he re-described the pattern of breathing previously described by John Cheyne (1818) now known as Cheyne-Stokes respiration

Eponymously affiliated with Stokes-Adams syndrome


Biography
  • Born in Dublin on 1 October 1804. Father of of Sir William Stokes (1838-1900)
  • 1825 – MD, University of Edinburgh Medical School
  • 1845 – Appointed by the Queen as Regius Professor of Medicine at the University of Dublin
  • 1861 – Physician to the Queen in Ireland
  • 1867 – President of the British Medical Association
  • 1874 – President of the Irish Academy
  • 1875 – On commendation by the English ambassador, decorated by Emperor Wilhelm I with the Prussian Order Pour le Mérite for contributions to medicine
  • Died 10 January 1878 in Howth, Ireland

Medical Eponyms

Stokes-Adams syndrome (1846)

Cheyne–Stokes respiration (1854)


Controversies

William Stokes recorded and published the autopsy of Abraham Colles (1773 – 1843) performed by Robert William Smith (of Smith fracture fame) as ‘Observations on the Case of the Late Abraham Colles. Colles requested that Smith be called upon to perform his own autopsy.

Note: William Stokes (physician)(1804–1878) – not to be confused with Sir William Stokes (surgeon) (1838-1900)…his son

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William Stokes

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