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Dr Thomas Hodgkin

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Dr Thomas Hodgkin

Birth
Pentonville, London Borough of Islington, Greater London, England
Death 5 Apr 1866 (aged 67)
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Burial Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel
Memorial ID 24307707 View Source
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Medical Pioneer, Author. He his remembered for his discovery and detailing the lymphatic cancer that carries his name. The child of a pious Quaker family, he developed concern for others and a rather formal and off-putting manner from a young age; after early private education he entered St. Thomas and Guy's Medical School, London, in 1819 and received his M.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 1823. During an 1821 visit to Paris he had met Dr. Rene Laennec and learned to use the then-new stethoscope which he later introduced to England. Elected to the Royal College of Physicians in 1825, he was also appointed lecturer in morbid anatomy at Guy's Medical School where he discovered his abiding passion for pathology. He published the classic article "The Morbid Anatomy of Serous and Mucous Membranes" in 1829, but his enduring fame rests on an 1832 article in the "Journal of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London" entitled "On Some Morbid Appearances of the Absorbant Glands and Spleen" in which he described two cases of what is now called "Hodgkin's Disease", named such by Dr. Samuel Wilks in 1865, and one of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. A pioneer in preventive medicine, Dr. Hodgkin published "On the Means of Promoting and Preserving Health" in 1841 in which he discussed the benefits of fresh air, cleanliness, and proper diet. Despite respect for his skills Dr. Hodgkin enjoyed limited professional success due to his abrasive personality, poor business sense (he frequently asked little or no fee for consultations), open criticism of medical education, and lifelong espousal of liberal social causes such as abolitionism and the rights of native populations. From 1857 on he undertook trips to the Middle East with Moses Montefiore in which he attempted to aid displaced populations; during the last of these he died of dysentery.

Bio by: Bob Hufford


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  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/24307707/thomas-hodgkin : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Thomas Hodgkin (17 Aug 1798–5 Apr 1866), Find a Grave Memorial ID 24307707, citing Jaffa Old Protestant Cemetery, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv District, Israel ; Maintained by Find A Grave .