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Thomas Hodgkin

thomas hodgkinThomas Hodgkin (1798-1866) came from a Quaker family and studied medicine at Edinburgh and in Paris. The Hodgkin Building at the Guy's Campus of King's is named after him.

Hodgkin at Guy's

In France Hodgkin encountered the newly-invented stethoscope of René Laennec, on which he presented a paper to the Guy's Hospital Physical Society in 1822.

From 1825 he held the post of Curator of the Museum at Guy's Hospital Medical School and Demonstrator of Morbid Anatomy, making notable advances in this area. In 1832 he published a paper 'On some morbid appearances of the absorbent glands and spleen' which led to Hodgkin's disease of the lymph nodes being named after him.

Radical views

Hodgkin held radical political views. He promoted the education of working-class men and became a founding member of the Senate of the University of London in 1836. He was concerned about the effects of colonisation on indigenous cultures. This led to his arriving at Guy's in a carriage 'with a half naked native American', much to the displeasure of Benjamin Harrison, Treasurer of Guy's. It was perhaps because of this incident in 1837 that Hodgkin failed to win an appointment to the permanent clinical staff of Guy's.

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