Saturday, December 11, 2010

Sir William Jenner

William Jenner
Sir William Jenner (1815 - 1898) English physician, primarily known for making the distinction between typhoid and typhus as separate diseases, which until then were considered manifestations of the same illness. He was royal physician to Queen Victoria and as a mark of her appreciation for his services in treating Prince Albert's typhoid, she made him a baronet. As a doctor at the Hospital for Sick Children at Great Ormond street, he was much loved by the children, in spite of his deeply unprepossessing appearance. Jenner was a workaholic, and is known to have quipped "Amusements! My amusement is pathological anatomy!" when repeatedly asked about his leisurely pursuits. As a physician he had immense reputation and was widely consulted, and had amassed a large fortune by the time of his death.

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