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Bright, Richard (Father of Nephrology)

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Born: 1789 AD
Died: 1858 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: British
Categories: Physicians

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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.

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