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Arthur Hill Hassall

Born  1817
Died  1894

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British physician and chemist, born September 13, 1817, Teddington near London; died April 10, 1894.

Biography of Arthur Hill Hassall

Arthur Hill Hassall studied in Dublin. He was a pupil of Sir James Murray, became a physician to the Royal Free Hospital in London and 1851 doctor of the London University. He practiced in London from 1845, later on the Isle of Wight and then lived for periods in San Remo in north-western Italy. His numerous works concern anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and pathological anatomy, botany and zoology, but particularly hygiene and public health. His work on the falsification of food had as a consequence a Parliamentary act against the falsification of foodstuffs. He was founder and consulting physician to the Royal National Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest of Ventnor (Isle of Wight) - into which 130 patients could be admitted - each with a separate bedroom.


  • The microscopic anatomy of the human body, in health and disease.
    2 volumes. London, 1846, 1849; New York, 1851; 1855; 1869.
    The first English textbook on microscopical anatomy.
    German translation by Otto Kohlschütter (1807-1853): Mikroskopische Anatomie des menschlichen Körpers im gesunden und kranken Zustande. Leipzig, 1850-1852.
  • Reports on the adulterations of food, drink and drugs. ancet.
  • Water supply to the Metropolis.
    [Various reports and memoirs].
  • Food, water, and air in relation to the public health.
    1871 to 1874.
  • Adulterations detected or plain instructions for discovery of frauds in food and medicine.
    2nd edition; London, 1861.
  • Evidence before the Parliamentary Committee on the adulterations of food. 1874.
  • Food; its adulterations, and the methods for their detection. 1876.
  • San Remo and the Western Riviera. 1879.
  • San Remo climatically and medically considered. 1883.
  • The inhalation treatment of diseases of the organs of respirations, including consumption. 1885.
  • The narrative of a busy life. An autobiography.
    London, 1893.

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