2 May 1883
Dr. Robert Druitt, who died at his residence in Kensington on the 15th inst., at the age of 68, was a man of large culture, and of marked distinction in his profession. Descended from a Dorsetshire family, which from father to son had practised medicine in Wimborne for more than a century, he received his professional education at Winchester Hospital, King's College, London, and Middlesex Hospital, and obtained his first qualification to practise in 1836. In 1839 the work through which he was most widely known, his "Surgeon's Vade Mecum," was first published. It has passed through 11 large editions, and has been translated into several foreign languages, and republished in America. Like his other writings, this manual is remarkable for its clear and simple style, and its freedom from all avoidable technicalities of expression. His article on "Inflammation," in "Cooper's Surgical Dictionary, 1872," is a masterpiece of lucid description. His pamphlets, addresses, and contributions to journals, were very numerous, and included medical, sanitary, and popular subjects, such as "Houses in Relation to Health," "The Prevention of Cholera," The Cattle Plague," The Influence of Customs, Habits, and Morals on the Health of the Community," Intemperance and its Prevention," Reports on the Health of St. George's, Hanover square," Conversations on the Choral Service" - a pamphlet which had an extensive circulation. His "Report on the Cheap Wines from France, Italy, and Hungary," a second edition of which was published in 1873, conduced largely to a better acquaintance with and an increased use of light and pure wines, and a diminished consumption of strong and fortified wines. Dr. Druitt became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons by examination in 1847, and in 1874 was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. In 1847 he was appointed one of the examiners of the Society of Apothecaries; in 1856 he was elected Medical Officer of Health to St. George's, Hanover square, a position which he held till December 1867; he was prominent as a student and teacher of sanitary science and practice, and he was for some years President of the Association of Metropolitan Medical Officers of Health; he had filled the office of Vice President of the Obstetrical Society; and edited the Medical Times and Gazette from 1862 to 1879.