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Archibald Billing, 1791-1881

Nationality: Irish
Date of Birth: 1791.01.10
Place of Birth: Cromlyn, Dublin
Date of Death: 1881.09.02
Place of Death: 34 Park Lane

Identity:

Archibald Billing, MD, AM, FRS, FGS, FRMS, was a physcian.

Life:

After studying at Trinity College, Dublin (MA, 1811; MD, 1814), Billing worked as a physician in London from 1818. He was the first in London to organise a system of practical teaching at the bedside and to give it full effect by regular clinical lectures. He was a physician to the London Hospital from 1822-1845, and a Member of Senate 1836-1881.

His writings include On the Treatment of Asiatic Cholera, 1828; First Principles of Medicine, 1831; Practical Observations on Diseases of the Lungs and Heart, 1852, and The Science of Gems, Jewels and Metals, ancient and modern, 1867 to which his wife provided an appendix, 'Autobiography of Pistrucci', translated by Mrs Billing.

Bibliography:

Kelly's London Postal Directory, London; The Times, London, Monday 5 September 1881, p. 9; UK census 1881; British Library on-line catalogue (accessed 2005); J. F. Payne, 'Billing, Archibald (1791-1881)', rev. Michael Bevan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 at http://www.oxforddnb.com (accessed 14 June 2005).