Evan Baxter was born at St. Petersburg, the son of James Baxter, a high official in the Russian education department. He was educated at an English school run by his father and at King’s College, London, from which he won a classical scholarship to Lincoln College, Oxford. Another visit to Russia interrupted his studies, however, and on his return he embarked at once on a medical career at King’s College. There, among numerous honours, he won the Warneford scholarship and prize, and, after graduating as M.B. in 1868 and holding house appointments at King’s College Hospital, he was made, in 1870, Sambrooke medical registrar. After three years as medical tutor, he was elected, in 1874, assistant physician and professor of materia medica and therapeutics; he became physician, with care of outpatients, in 1882. He obtained other appointments at the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children and the Blackfriars Hospital for Skin Diseases, and in 1881, as a supporter of the cause of medical education for women, was elected physician to the Royal Free Hospital. Baxter translated Rind-fleisch’s Pathological Histology (1872-73) and edited the fourth edition of A. B. Garrod’s Essentials of Materia Medica. An able linguist, he was scholarly and retiring by nature, and thorough, methodical and accurate in every aspect of his work. He died at Portland Place, London.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1885; B.M.J., 1885; D.N.B., iii, 427]