Forbes, Sir John (17871861)

Forbes, Sir John, physician, born at Cuttlebrae, Banffshire; entered the navy as assistant-surgeon in 1807, and became M.D. of Edinburgh ten years later; practised at Penzance and Chichester, but finally settled at London in 1840, where he became physician to the Queen; was for twelve years editor of the British and Foreign Medical Review, which he founded in 1836, and was joint-author of the “Cyclopædia of Practical Medicine”; first to use the stethoscope in England (17871861).

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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