William Jenner (1815–1898) studied medicine at University College, London, and was later apprenticed to a surgeon. After taking his MD degree, he gave up general practice in favour of becoming a consultant. He carried out research on typhus and typhoid, establishing that these were in fact two different fevers. In 1849 he became assistant physician and professor of pathological anatomy at University College Hospital. He also worked at the Hospital for Sick Children, the London Fever Hospital, the German Hospital and the Hospital for Diseases of the Throat. Jenner had a long and close association with the Royal Household. He served as physician-extraordinary to Queen Victoria and was in attendance during Prince Albert’s fatal attack of typhoid. He was made a baronet in 1868.
The portrait, painted by Valentine Prinsep, is a copy of the original painted by Frank Holl in 1888, now owned by University College Hospital Medical School.
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Royal College of Physicians, London
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