Hodgkin, Thomas, 1798-1866

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English physician and historian.

From the description of Papers, 1850 and undated. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 35091897

Thomas Hodgkin was born in London in 1798, the son of John Hodgkin (1766-1845), a private tutor. The family were strong Quakers and originated in Warwickshire. He trained in medicine at Edinburgh University, taking his M.D. in 1823. After travels in Europe he became Curator of the Medical Museum and Inspector of the Dead at Guy's Hospital, London. His pathological work led him to the first description of what is now known as Hodgkin's Disease in his honour. He left Guy's Hospital following his failure, in 1837, to be appointed Assistant Physician and after a short period at St. Thomas's Hospital devoted himself to private practice and to his other interests. He had a keen interest in the world beyond Europe and in particular in the societies there that were threatened with cultural extinction by the spread of European commercial, political or cultural dominion; his works in this area included playing a moving role in the foundation and functioning of the Aborigines Protection Society. In 1850 he married Sarah Frances Scaife, a widow, from Nottingham. The couple had no children of their own but there were two sons from her first marriage. He died in 1866 at Jaffa while on a journey with his friend Sir Moses Montefiore (1784-1885) to negotiate for better treatment for Jewish residents in Palestine.

From the guide to the Papers of: Hodgkin, Thomas (1798-1866), 1840-1979, (Wellcome Library)

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referencedIn Bingham, W. mss., 1752-1891 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn John Edward Gray papers, 1783-1884, 1783-1884 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Hodgkin, Thomas, 1798-1866. Papers, 1850 and undated. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
referencedIn Kass, Edward H. (Edward Harold), 1917-. Papers, 1908-1990. Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
creatorOf Hodgkin, Thomas, 1798-1866. Letter. 20-11-1843, [London, Eng.] to Tho[ma]s J. Pettigrew. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851. Papers, 1819-1850. American Philosophical Society Library
referencedIn Samuel George Morton Papers, 1819-1850 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Papers of: Hodgkin, Thomas (1798-1866), 1840-1979 Wellcome Library
referencedIn Morrison, H. (Hyman), b. 1881. Hyman Morrison papers, 1899-1970 (inclusive) 1920-1963 (bulk). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn Papers, 1908-1990. Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine
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associatedWith Aborigines Protection Society corporateBody
associatedWith Bingham, William person
associatedWith Gray, John Edward person
associatedWith Gurney, Hodson, 1775-1864. person
associatedWith Hodgkin of Warwickshire and London person
associatedWith Hodgkin Sarah Frances n? e Scaife fl 1830 person
associatedWith Hodgkin Thomas 1798 person
associatedWith Kass, Edward H. (Edward Harold), 1917- person
associatedWith Montefiore Sir Moses Haim 1784 person
associatedWith Morrison, H. (Hyman), b. 1881 person
associatedWith Morton, Samuel George, 1799-1851. person
associatedWith Pettigrew, Thomas Joseph, 1791-1865. person
associatedWith Scaife of Nottingham person
associatedWith Tuke Samuel fl 1821 person
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Jaffa Israel Middle East
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Birth 1798-08-17

Death 1866-04-04




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