JONATHAN C. MEAKINS, F.A.C.P.
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On March 17 of the year 1741, two hundred years ago, there was born at Wellington, in Shropshire, to Edmund Withering and his wife, Sarah Hector, a son who was to be known as William. The event was not heralded by any celestial phenomena or terrestrial disturbances.
Our scene really opens in the latter half of the century, a period of intellectual, scientific and political unrest and consequent progress. The seeds of independence and freedom of man were in the state of germination. The writings of Rousseau and Hume were influencing men's political outlook. The American revolution against traditional privilege
MEAKINS JC. WILLIAM WITHERING: HIS CONTRIBUTION TO MEDICINE1. Ann Intern Med. 1942;16:327–332. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-16-2-327
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1942;16(2):327-332.
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