James Andrew was born at Whitby, the third son of Rev. James Andrew. He was educated at home and at Sedbergh. He went up to Worcester College, Oxford, in 1848, and migrated to Wadham College where he read classics and graduated as B.A. in 1852. He was elected a fellow of Wadham in 1856 but in the same year decided to follow a medical career. After a year at Edinburgh, he entered St. Bartholomew’s Hospital as a student. He proceeded to his B.M. degree in 1860 and a year later became demonstrator of morbid anatomy at the Hospital. He was elected assistant physician in 1864, joint lecturer on medicine in 1868 and physician in 1869. Andrew was also physician to the Royal General Dispensary from 1862 to 1865 and to the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest from 1863 to 1878. From 1879 until his retirement in 1893, he was consulting physician to Christ’s Hospital. He held office as Censor at the Royal College of Physicians and delivered the Lumleian Lectures in 1884 and the Harveian Oration in 1890. Andrew was a bowed little man, happiest when smoking his old briar pipe or when fishing. Shy and kindhearted, he was a secret benefactor to needy patients. His students loved him, and he was sometimes described as one of the three greatest teachers of his day. He died at Tavistock.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1897; B.M.J., 1897; Moore, ii, 574; Al.Oxon., I, 23]