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John Burdon Sanderson

Born  1828
Died  1906

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English physician, born December 21, 1828, Newcastle-on-Tyne; died 1906.

Biography of John Burdon Sanderson

studied in Edinburgh and Paris, obtaining his doctorate at Edinburgh in 1851. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London in 1863. He practised in London from 1857 to 1870, was assistant physician and lecturer at the Middlesex Hospital, physician at the Consumption Hospital in Brompton, in 1871 professor at the Brown Institution, 1874 professor of physiology at University College, 1882 Waynflete professor of physiology, and 1894 Regius professor at Oxford. In 1893 he presided the British Medical Association in Nottingham.

His written work concerns diphteriae, public vaccination, the transmission of cholera to animals, artificial tuberculosis, pathology of contagions (Kontagien), bacteria, pyaemia, the fever process, acute infectious diseases, transmitted inflammations, and the peculiarities of septic ferments. Also:


  • Ovum.
    Article in Robert Bentley Todd (1809-60): Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology, 1855.
  • Report on epidemic cerebro-spinal-meningitis.
    Parliament Paper, No. 246, 1865.
  • Report to Royal Commission on the origin, symptoms, and propagation of the cattle plague. 1866.
  • Handbook of the sphygmograph. 1867.
  • Inflammation. Article in: System of Surgery, 1871.
  • Reports of the health of Liverpool.
    With Edmund Alexander Parkes (1819-1876). 1871.
  • Handbook of the physiological laboratory. 1872.
  • Electromotive properties of the leaf of Dionaea.
    Philosophical Transactions, 1882.
  • Time-Relation. Journal of Physiology, II.
  • Electrical phenomena of the excitatory process in the heart of the frog.
    Journal of Physiology, IV.

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