DEGRADATION OF THE PROFESSION

1847 The Lancet  
266 year 1824; was educated at the same place; and commenced his medical studies, in the year 1840, at the School of Medicine adjoining St. George's Hospital. His diligence in the dissecting-room, and his regular attendance upon the lectures, soon attracted the attention of his teachers, and secured for him their esteem and friendship, which the unsparing hand of death alone severed. In the Session 1842-43 he gained, in honourable competition with his fellow-students, the prize for Practical
more » ... ze for Practical Anatomy, a prize of no little merit, as the contest is carried on throughout the whole Session, as well as at the final public examination. He also succeeded in obtaining, during this session, the prize in Chemistry. In the summer of 1844 he gained the prizes for Medical Jurisprudence and Botany; and in October of that year he passed his first examination in medicine, at the University of London. In 1845 he passed, with much credit, his examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of England; and was afterwards appointed Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy at the School in which he had been educated. As a Demonstrator his observations were perspicuously delivered; and the dissections to illustrate them, prepared by his own hand, were the admiration of all. About this time, Mr. Elliott directed his attention to comparative anatomy, with the view of competing for the studentship of the Royal College of Surgeons; and so ardent was his desire to obtain a good knowledge of this branch of study, that he robbed himself of much time that should have been devoted to rest, frequently allowing himself but two and three hours for sleep during the twentyfour. Few constitutions, however strong they may be, could long withstand so much combined mental and bodily exertion. Chairman of the Museum Committee. This prize, however gratifying to himself and friends, was gained at the cost of his life; for, what with his anxiety, his severe study, his deprivation of rest, and his constant dissection of the lower animals, which he preserved in spirit, in order that he might dissect them more minutely, his frame had sustained a shock which no art of medicine could subdue. Symptoms of tubercular phthisis manifested themselves; he was obliged to resign his appointment of Demonstrator; and he applied his energies to the treatment of the patients under the care of his brother, Mr. Cyrus Elliott, of Cowper House, with whom he resided-a class of diseases to which he had always paid much attention, and in the curative treatment of which he was very successful. At the commencement of the present spring, his malady made such rapid progress, that, under the advice of his medical friends, he retired to the Isle of Wight; the disease continued its devastating course, and he again returned to his home. He was aware of the nature of his complaint, although he often hoped he might be spared. He daily received the visits of his kind friend, the Rev. Mr. Badger, and conversed in so calm and resigned a manner, as to convince all that if he was anxious to live, still he could meet his early fate as a Christian should. His death occurred on the 12th of August, in the twenty-fourth year of his age: he was interred in the Brompton Cemetery; and was followed to the grave by many of his lecturers, his fellow-students, and medical friends, who, of one accord, met in the Cemetery Chapel, to pay this last and sad mark of respect to one who, by his talents, his zeal in the pursuit of medical knowledge, and his upright conduct, had gained the attachment of all.
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