Andrew Duncan Senior

Physician of the Enlightenment

Edited by John Chalmers

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Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) was a remarkable figure in a remarkable period of history - the Scottish Enlightenment. As a young doctor he attended the poet Robert Fergusson in his terminal illness. In the face of opposition, he founded a Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health in Edinburgh, the first in Britain.

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Andrew Duncan (1744-1828) was a remarkable figure in a remarkable period of history - the Scottish Enlightenment. Born the son of a Fife shipmaster, Duncan rose to become Physician to the King and was twice President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. As a young doctor he attended the poet Robert Fergusson in his terminal illness. His views on medicine were very much ahead of their time. He saw the need for a Dispensary for the Sick Poor, and for a Lunatic Asylum in Edinburgh - where inmates were treated humanely. In the face of opposition, he founded a Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health in Edinburgh, the first in Britain. His name lives on in the Andrew Duncan Clinic, established in 1965. A man of wide interests, Duncan was a very sociable character with impressive organisational vigour who founded many societies, three of which still survive: the Aesculapian and Harveian Societies, and the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society.

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Format Paperback
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 18 Feb 2010
ISBN 9781905267309
Number of Pages 254

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' - Chalmers is to be congratulated on clearly having been as much the driving force behind the production of this volume as Duncan was in any of the initiatives he was involved in. The result has been a readable and informative volume, which sorts out many of Duncan's biography (warts and all - ) ... It will be an indispensable aid to further research - ' Medical History ' ... I found this volume to be a source of facts and quirky detail which did not debar one with a non-medical background from enjoying and learning from it.' Edinburgh University Journal

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