1793 – Born on April in Longbenton, Northumberland.
1812 – He entered the University of Ediburgh as a medical student.
1818 – He received the degree of Doctor of Medicine.
– He moved from Edinburgh to London the same year and became a house surgeon (a surgical resident)
at the Lock Hospital.
1819 – He obtained his licentiateship in the Royal College of Physicians.
1824 – He was promoted to assistant physician on the 14th of January.
1827 – He was appointed lecturer of materia medica.
1835 – He was joint lecturer with Richard Bright on practical medicine.
1837 – He became a full physician at Guy’s Hospital.
1840 – He became sole lecturer when Bright retired from the lectureship.
1854 – He held this position as a sole lecturer.
– He was one of the most respected physicians at the Guy’s Hospital where he exerted a great deal
of influence, devoting himself almost wholly to his students and patients.
1860 – He suffered from many episodes of marked depression that contributed to his retirement.
1860 – He committed suicide on the 29th of June at the age of 72.