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William Brinton

Born  1823
Died  1967

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English physician, born November 20, 1823, Kidderminster; died January 17, 1867.

Biography of William Brinton

William Brinton was apprenticed to the King’s College of London in 1843. He was a member of the faculty at the medical school, King's College, London, 1847–1853. From 1852 to 1860 he was a physician to the Royal Free Hospital.

In 1853 he became a lecturer of forensic medicine and physiology at the St. Thomas’ Hospital and that year published a translation of Gustav Gabriel Valentin’s (1810-1883) Text-book of physiology. From 1860 to 1864 he was a physician at St. Thomas's. Except for a small paper on life insurance (1856), his works chiefly concern the physiology and pathology of the gastric tract.


  • On the pathology, symptoms, and treatment of ulcer of the stomach.
    London, J. Churchill, 1857.
    A comprehensive account of peptic ulcer; includes a review of the results of more than 7,000 post mortems.
  • The diseases of the stomach, with an introduction on its anatomy and physiology.
    London, J. Churchill, 1859.
  • On food and its digestion: being an introduction to dietetics. 1861.
  • Intestinal obstruction. London, J. Churchill, 1867.
    Published posthumously by Thomas Buzzard (1831-1919).
  • Gustav Gabriel Valentin:
    Grundriss der Physiologie des Menschen. Für das erste Studium und zur Selbstbelehrung.
    Brauschweig, Friedrich Vieweg, 1846.
    4th edition, Braunschweig, Vieweg, 1855:
    Grundriss der Physiologie des Menschen und zur Sebstbelehrung.
    Translated into English as A Textbook of Physiology. London, 1853.
  • August Hirsch, publisher:
    Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte aller Zeiten und Völker.
    2nd edition. Berlin, Urban & Schwarzenberg, 1929.
    First published in 6 volumes 1884-1888. 3rd edition, München 1962.
  • Jeremy M. Norman, editor:
    Morton’s Medical Bibliography. An annotated Check-list of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine (Garrison and Morton).
    Fifth edition. Scolar Press, 1991.

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