Friday, September 24, 2010

Richard Morton

Richard Morton (1637 - 1698) English physician, who was the first to state that tubercles were always present in tuberculosis disease of the lungs (which was called consumption or phthisis in his time, J L Schonlein was the first to call it tuberculosis much later in1839), about which he published a landmark paper entitled Phthisiologica. He was also the first to describe the disease which is now known as anorexia nervosa, and he also gave the name chicken pox, which he believed was a milder variant of the dreaded small pox.


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