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Sir George Johnson (1818–1896)

Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

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George Johnson (1818–1896) was an authority on kidney diseases and cholera, earning him the nicknames, ‘Kidney Johnson’, and ‘Castor Oil Johnson’ – referring to his treatment for cholera cases. He was the first resident medical tutor at King’s College Hospital and held many appointments there, as well as a number of offices at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). Johnson was outspoken and somewhat arrogant, and on one occasion had to have a quarrel with a colleague settled by the RCP. The plaque on the frame informs us that this portrait was presented to the sitter by his colleagues and pupils at King’s College.

Royal College of Physicians, London





oil on canvas


H 96.5 x W 78.7 cm

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bequeathed by Edward Middleton Johnson, 1948

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