Archibald Billing, M.D., was born at Cromlyn, in the county of Dublin, the country residence of' his father, Theodore Billing, esq., on 10th January, 1791. He was entered at Trinity college, Dublin, in 1807, graduated A.B. 1811, M.B. 1814, M.D. 1818, and was incorporated at Oxford on his doctor’s degree as a member of St. Alban’s hall 22nd October, 1818. He then settled in London, was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1818, and a Fellow 22nd December, 1819. He was Censor in 1823 and Consiliarius in 1852, 1855, 1856, 1857.
Dr. Billing was elected physician to the London hospital 2nd July, 1822, and retained his office there until 4th June, 1845. His exertions to raise the character of the practical instruction given in that institution were indefatigable. He was the first in London to organise a system of practical teaching at the bed-side and to give it full effect by regular clinical lectures, which he commenced in 1822, immediately after his appointment as physician, and continued until 1836. Dr. Billing is on the senate of the University of London, and held for many years the appointment of examiner in medicine in the university.
He is the author of—
The First Principles of Medicine. 8vo. Lond. 1831.
Practical Observations on Diseases of the Lungs and Heart. 8vo. Lond. 1852.
On the Treatment of Asiatic Cholera. 8vo. Lond. 1848.
The Science of Gems, Jewels, Coins, and Medals, Ancient and Modern. Royal 8vo. Lond. 1867.