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Brodie, Benjamin Collins, Sir (Benjamin)

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Born: 1783 AD
Died: 1862 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: English
Categories: Surgeon

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1783 - Brodie was born in Winterslow, Wiltshire on the 9th of June.

1801 - He received his early education from his father; then choosing medicine as his profession he went to London and attended the lectures of John Abernethy.

1808 - He became a pupil of Sir Everard Home at St George's Hospital, and was appointed assistant surgeon at that institution, on the staff of which he served for over thirty years.

1820 - He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, to which in the next four or five years he contributed several papers describing original investigations in physiology.

1818 - His most important work is widely acknowledged to be the treatise Pathological and Surgical Observations on the Diseases of the Joints, in which he attempts to trace the beginnings of disease in the different tissues that form a joint and to give an exact value to the symptom of pain as evidence of organic disease.

1834 - He was also sergeant-surgeon to William IV and Queen Victoria and was made a baronet.

         - He received many honours during his career and attended to the health of the Royal Family, starting with George IV.

1844 - He became a corresponding member of the French Institute.

1854 - He published anonymously a volume of Psychological Inquiries—eight years later, the expanded, revised and updated volume appeared under his name.

1855 - He became president of the Royal Society.

         - He was the first president of the General Medical Council.

1862 - He died onthe 21st of October.

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