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Thomas Spens

Born  1842

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British physician, born 1764, Edinburgh; died May 27, 1842, Edinburgh.

Biography of Thomas Spens

Thomas Spens studied in Edinburgh and received his doctorate there in 1784. He successively became fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, physician in the Royal Infirmary as well as in a lunatic asylum.


  • De amenorrhoea. Doctoral dissertation; Edinburgh, 1784.
  • Pharmacopoeia in usum nosocomii Edinburgensis.
    Edinburgh, 1811.
  • History of a case in which there took place a remarkable slowness of the pulse.
    [Andrew] Duncan’s Medical Commentaries. Edinburgh, 1792. Volume 7, pp. 458-465.
  • History of three cases of erythema mercuriale.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1805; I.
  • Case of conversion of the substance of the heart, accompanied by the production of a sac at the mouth of the aorta.
    Edinburgh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1816; XII.
  • C. E. Lea:
    Dr. Thomas Spens, the first describer of the Stokes-Adams syndrome.
    Edinburgh Medical Journal, n.s. 1914; 13: 51-55.
  • T. G. Dickson:
    The identity of Dr. Thomas Spens. Lancet, 1913; 2: 1357.

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