Dublin Journal of Medical Science
James Power, Esq., of Hazelbrook, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, In early life he suffered greatly from delicate health, and, being at that time of independent means, did not enter upon a professional career until some¬ what advanced in years. At first he studied law, but his taste did not lie there, so later on he entered the medical profession. The present writer, who knew him most intimately, can testify to his high intelligence and accurate mind, as well as to his per¬ severing diligence as a
... diligence as a student. Delicate as he was he possessed remarkable courage and devotedness, and on one occasion held on, as resident, in a large hospital crowded with cases of small-pox, while others left in terror. Soon after he had taken out his medical and surgical quali¬ fications he was appointed Senior Physician to St. Michael's Hospital, Kingstown, where he had ample opportunities for the scientific pursuit of his profession. During his tenure of office there he carried out elaborate studies and experiments on the subject of the elimination of nitrogen compounds from the blood. His essay on this subject is a model of patient and thorough scientific work and research. In it he proved, for the first time, that the skin has very limited power to carry off these compounds ; ftt ftlrmortam a fact which has a most important bearing on treatment in many crises of illness.