Early life[ edit ] Thomas Sydenham was born at Wynford Eagle in Dorsetwhere his father was a gentleman of property. His brother was Colonel William Sydenham. At the age of eighteen Sydenham attended Magdalen HallOxford ; after a short period his college studies appear to have been interrupted, and he served for a time as an officer in the Parliamentarian army during the Civil War. He completed his Oxford course ingraduating as bachelor of medicineand about the same time he was elected a fellow of All Souls College.
Early life[ edit ] Thomas Sydenham was born at Wynford Eagle in Dorsetwhere his father was a gentleman of property.
His brother was Colonel William Sydenham. At the age of eighteen Sydenham attended Magdalen HallOxford ; after a short period his college studies appear to have been interrupted, and he served for a time as an officer in the Parliamentarian army during the Civil War.
He completed his Oxford course ingraduating as bachelor of medicineand about the same time he was elected a fellow of All Souls College. It was not until nearly thirty years later that he graduated as MDnot at Oxford, but at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge where his eldest son was by then an undergraduate.
They had two sons, William c. This minimum qualification to practice was the single bond between Sydenham and the College of Physicians throughout the whole of his career. He seems to have been distrusted by some members of the faculty because he was an innovator and something of a plain-dealer.
In a letter to John Mapletoft he refers to a class of detractors "qui vitio statim vertunt si quis novi aliquid, ab illis non prius dictum vel etiam inauditum, in medium proferat" "Who by a technicality suddenly turn if something is new, if someone should disclose something not previously said or heard" ; and in a letter to Robert Boylewritten the year before his death and the only authentic specimen of his English composition that remainshe says, "I have the happiness of curing my patients, at least of having it said concerning me that few miscarry under me; but [I] cannot brag of my correspondency with some other of my faculty Though yet, in taken fire at my attempts to reduce practice to a greater easiness, plainness, and in the meantime letting the mountebank at Charing Cross pass unrailed at, they contradict themselves, and would make the world believe I may prove more considerable than they would have me.
His religious views have been described as an early form of natural theology. In he published another Dissertatio epistolaris Dissertation on the Letterson the treatment of confluent smallpox and on hysteriaaddressed to Dr William Cole of Worcester.
His last completed work, Processus integri The Process of Healingis an outline sketch of pathology and practice; twenty copies of it were printed inand, being a compendium, it has been republished more often both in England and in other countries than any other of his writings separately.
A fragment on pulmonary consumption was found among his papers. His collected writings occupy about pages 8vo, in the Latin, translated into that language by various scholars.
For a long time he was held in vague esteem for the success of his cooling or rather expectant treatment of smallpox, for his laudanum the first form of a tincture of opiumand for his advocacy of the use of " Peruvian bark " in quartan agues, in modern terms, the use of quinine -containing cinchona bark for treatment of malaria caused by Plasmodium malariae.
In the series of Harveian Orations at the College of Physicians, Sydenham is first mentioned in the oration of Dr John Arbuthnotwho styles him "aemulus Hippocratis" "rival of Hippocrates".
Herman Boerhaavethe Leyden professor, was wont to speak of him in his class which had always some pupils from England and Scotland as "Angliae lumen, artis Phoebum, veram Hippocratici viri speciem" "The light of England, the skill of Apollo, the true face of Hippocrates".
Albrecht von Haller also marked one of the epochs in his scheme of medical progress with the name of Sydenham.
He is indeed famous because he inaugurated a new method and a better ethics of practice, the worth and diffusive influence of which did not become obvious except to those who were on the same line with himself, such as Morton until a good many years afterwards.
It remains to consider briefly what his innovations were. First and foremost he did the best he could for his patients, and made as little as possible of the mysteries and traditional dogmas of the craft.
Stories told of him are characteristic: Called to a gentleman who had been subjected to the lowering treatment, and finding him in a pitiful state of hysterical upset, he conceived that this was occasioned partly by his long illness, partly by the previous evacuations, and partly by emptiness.
Of a piece with this is his famous advice to Sir Richard Blackmore. When Blackmore first engaged in the study of physic he inquired of Dr Sydenham what authors he should read, and was directed by that physician to Don Quixotewhich, said he, "is a very good book; I read it still.
He argued God only gave man the ability to perceive the outer nature of things with his senses. First, that he must one day give an account to the Supreme Judge of all the lives entrusted to his care.
Secondly, that all his skill, and knowledge, and energy as they have been given him by God, so they should be exercised for his glory, and the good of mankind, and not for mere gain or ambition.
Thirdly, and not more beautifully than truly, let him reflect that he has undertaken the care of no mean creature, for, in order that he may estimate the value, the greatness of the human race, the only begotten Son of God became himself a man, and thus ennobled it with his divine dignity, and far more than this, died to redeem it.
And fourthly, that the doctor being himself a mortal man, should be diligent and tender in relieving his suffering patients, inasmuch as he himself must one day be a like sufferer.Thomas Sydenham, (born , Wynford Eagle, Dorset, Eng.—died Dec.
29, , London), physician recognized as a founder of clinical medicine and srmvision.come he emphasized detailed observations of patients and maintained accurate records, he has been called “the English Hippocrates.”.
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