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Andrew Duncan Senior: Physician of the Enlightenment

Andrew Duncan Senior: Physician of the Enlightenment (Paperback)

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Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) was a remarkable figure in a remarkable period of history - the Scottish Enlightenment. Born the son of a Fife shipmaster, Duncan rose to become Physician to the King and was twice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. As a young doctor he attended the poet Robert Fergusson in his terminal illness. His views on medicine were very much ahead of their time. He saw the need for a Dispensary for the Sick Poor, and for a Lunatic Asylum in Edinburgh - where inmates were treated humanely. In the face of opposition, he founded a Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health in Edinburgh, the first in Britain. His name lives on in the Andrew Duncan Clinic, established in 1965. A man of wide interests, Duncan was a very sociable character with impressive organisational vigour who founded many societies, three of which still survive: the Aesculapian and Harveian Societies, and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: historical, political & militaryHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistoryEnglish Civil WarHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyEuropean historyBritish & Irish historyMedical & VeterinaryMedicine: general issuesHistory of medicine Publisher: NMSE - Publishing Ltd Publication Date: 18/02/2010 ISBN-13: 9781905267309  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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John Chalmers is a retired orthopaedic surgeon. He is the author of 'Audubon in Edinburgh', published in 2003.

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