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Adam Lyschinski 1814 - 1878

July 12, 2009

Adam Lyschinski 1814? - 1878?  LRCS 1837, MD Edinburgh 1837, (Lyschinske) (Lynchinski) (Lyszczynski) (Lyschinsky) was a Polish immigrant to Britain, an orthodox physician who converted to homeopathy to become Surgeon in Charge of MH Transports to the Isle of Mauritius 1838, Surgeon in Charge of MH Troops to Madras 1839, Medical Officer in the District of Tongue, Sutherland 1844, and Physician at the Edinburgh Homeopathic Dispensary,

Lyszczynski was the homeopath of Frederic Chopin, when he arrived in Edinburgh weak with tuberculosis. Lyszczynski had married and settled in Edinburgh,

Adam Lyschinski was a colleague of George Edward Allshorn, George Atkin, Samuel Cockburn, George Dunn, Thomas Erskine of Linlathen, William Henderson, George James Hilbers, Joseph Laurie, Charles Thomas Pearce, John Rutherford Russell, William Sharp, John Stuart Sutherland, The Wielobycki Brothers, and many others.

Lyszczynski  lived at 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, 10 Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh, and in Blomfield Road, Shepherd’s Bush,

From the Minutes of the Edinburgh Homeopathic Dispensary 1848:

Whenever the existence of Asiatic Cholera in Edinburgh an event, as appears from your Minutes anticipated by you since the 13th November last had been officially announced, it seemed to your Committee that the time was come for them to use the most prompt and efficient means in their power, at least to alleviate if they might not stay that terrible disease.

With this view a meeting of your Committee was held on the 7th October current, when it was resolved, after conference with your Medical Officers, the ordinary physicians of the Dispensary, who generously undertook the very severe duties which the arrangement imposed on them, that the Dispensary should be kept open, and one of the Medical Officers should be in attendance, at all hours, day and night, during the prevalence of Cholera in Edinburgh.

It is here to be mentioned that the ordinary physicians, John Rutherford Russell, The Wielobycki Brothers, Dr. Lyschinski, and  John Stuart Sutherland, all graduates of our University, have been kindly assisted in these duties by George Atkin, of Portobello, who has a similar Degree, and Samuel Cockburn, a Licentiate of the College of Surgeons of Edinburgh; and when it is considered that the services of these gentlemen are perfectly gratuitous, your Committee feel sure you willaccord them your warmest thanks. Arrangements have also recently been made to enable Samuel Cockburn, in the meantime, to be resident in the Dispensary…

Lyszczynski travelled to Serbia where he acted as a British Consular agent (under the name of Dr. Lynch), transferring to Paris in 1841.

In 1857, the friends of Adam Lychinski gathered together for a testimonial for their friend.


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