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Forbes Sir John

Forbes, Sir John (1787-1861), was a Scottish physician, born in Banffshire, and educated at Aberdeen and Edinburgh. From 1807-16 he was an assistant-surgeon in the navy, and then graduated at Edinburgh, and lived successively at Penzance, Chichester, and London. He studied and wrote on meteorology and geology, translated a work oh auscultation, and introduced the use of the stethoscope, and in 1832-35 collaborated in the Cyclopccdia of Practical Medicine, besides writing A Physician's Holiday. In 1840 he took part in conducting the Medical Quarterly Review, retiring in 1859, and eventually dying at Whitchurch. He became F.R.C.P. in 1845, in 1852 honorary D.C.L., and was knighted in 1853.