S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Drummond, Dr John (medical sciences)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

John Drummond qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (MRCS) in 1856, and as a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (LRCPE) in 1859. He was licenced to practice at the Cape of Good Hope in September 1882. He may have practiced in Grahamstown at some time, but by 1884 had moved to Port Elizabeth, where he remained to at least 1893. In 1884 he contributed an article to the first issue of the South African Medical Journal (Series 1). Two years later he published a review, "On spontaneous generation", in the Grahamstown Journal (19 October 1886). It dealt with experiments during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries relating to the supposed spontanous generation of life, leading to the research and conclusions of Louis Pasteur.


List of sources:
General directory and guide-book to the Cape of Good Hope and its dependencies, 1886, pp. 170-178: List of medical practitioners.

Grahamtown Journal, 2 February 1884, p. 3: "South African Medical Journal"; 19 October 1886, p. 3: "On spontaneous generation".

List of licensed medical practitioners in the Cape Colony... The Cape of Good Hope Government Gazette, 9 January 1885, p. 41-45.

Medical and pharmacy register for the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope. Cape Town: W.A. Richards, 1893.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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