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Thomas Blizard Curling - bibliography

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English physician and surgeon, born January 1, 1811, Tavistock Place, London; died March 4, 1888, Cannes, France.


  • A practical treatise on the diseases of the testis, and of the spermatic cord and scrotum.
    London 1843. Philadelphia: Carey and Hart, 1843.
    This book was first published in London in 1843 and was edited for republication in the United States by Paul Beck Goddard (1811-1866). Goddard made several revisions and additions to the book, and, in the preface, indicated that Curling's book surpasses Sir Astley Paston Cooper's earlier work on the testis.
  • Treatise on tetanus.
    London, 1837; Philadelphia, 1837. Winner of the Jackson Prize.
  • The advantages of ether and chloroform in operative surgery. London, 1848.
  • Two cases of absence of the thyroid body and symmetrical swellings of fat tissue at the sides of the neck, connected with defective cerebral development.
    Medico-Chirurgical Transactions, London, 1850. 33: 303-306.
    Curling was one of the first to present a clinical description of cretinism and to suggest that it was caused by a deficiency of the thyroid gland. William Miller Ord (1834-1902) later coined the term "myxoedema" for this condition
  • Observations on diseases of the rectum. 1851. 4 editions. Biographical and bibliographical:
  • August Hirsch, publisher:
    Biographisches Lexikon der hervorragenden Ärzte aller Zeiten und Völker.
    Urban & Schwarzenberg. 2nd edition, Berlin, 1929.
    First published in 6 volumes 1884-1888. 3rd edition, München 1962.
  • F. S. Lamb, Y. J. Silva, A. J. Walt:
    Thomas Blizard Curling – the man and the ulcer.
    Surgery, April 1971, 69 (4): 646-649.
  • Heirs of Hippocrates. Friends of the University of Iowa Libraries. Iowas City, 1980.
  • Barry G. Firkin and Judith A. Whitworth:
    Dictionary of Medical Eponyms.
    The Parthenon Publishing Group. 1989. New edition in 2002.
  • 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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