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Perfecting the World: The Life and Times of Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, 1798-1866

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By Kass Amalie M., Kass Edward H.. . 624 pages. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; , Publishers, Boston: , 1988.. $34.95.

Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):766-767. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-766_2
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The nineteenth century in Victorian England fascinates both medical and social historians alike. Many of the roots of modern medicine were laid down here, where the burgeoning affluence of the Industrial Revolution and its associated moral idealism affecting increasingly the social and political fabric of the nation and the world. This biography elucidates beautifully both these aspects of the early part of the last century.

Most physicians know that Thomas Hodgkin discovered the neoplasm of lymphoid tissues that bears his name. He was one of a famous triad of physicians at Guy's Hospital; the other two were Richard Bright (of


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