MD Edin 1818; LRCP 1819
John Sims, the son of Olive Sims a chemist in Stockport, was born on 27 May 1792, and was probably educated at Stockport Grammar School. From 1809 to 1813 he was apprenticed to John Atkinson Ransome, and during this period he also attended lectures in London. Sims was house surgeon at Manchester Infirmary from 1813 to 1815. Sims went on to further study in Edinburgh and London, gaining his MD from Edinburgh in 1818. In 1819 he commenced practice in London and in 1831 was appointed the honorary staff of the St Marylebone Infirmary. Sims died on 19 July 1838, supposedly of a fever caught at the Infirmary.
Sims kept a number of detailed diaries, which were in the possession of his great grandson, Captain Dillwyn Sims. Was borrowed in the 1940s by Bosdin Leech , who transcribed the diaries. A copy of the transcript is in the Medical Collection, with Bosdin Leech 's correspondence. Diary of great interest medically, but does not really cover the period when Sims was in Manchester.