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Bright, Richard

Born: 1789 AD
Died: 1858 AD
Nationality: British
Categories: Physicians

1789 – Richard Bright was a Bristol-born physician on September 28th, who through his study of morbid anatomy proved the link between dropsy, a watery-swelling, and kidney disease, which became known as Morbus Brightii, or “Bright’s Disease”, one of the most important medical discoveries of the first half of the nineteenth century.

1808 – He studied at University of Edinburgh to study philosophy, economics and mathematics.

1810 – He conducted naturalist studies and accompanied Sir George Mackenzie.

1820 – He was on the staff of Guy’s Hospital, London.

1827 – Chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the kidney with protein, specifically albumin, in the urine. There are a number of disorders that lead to Bright’s disease. With nothing more sophisticated than a candle and a silver spoon, the English physician Richard Bright discovered protein in urine and published his pioneering study of kidney disease.

1858 – He died on December 16th in London at the age of 69.