The career of Benjamin W. Richardson embraced a temperance crusade, compositions in biography, poetry, and play and novel writing, and substantial professional contributions on physiology, pharmacology, pathology, internal medicine, anesthesia, epidemiology, sanitation, public health, and dental hygiene. The varied interests exemplify the belief that a capable physician with a welltrained mind may spread his influence into one or more nonmedical areas of human interest.
Richardson was born at Somerby in Rutland, was privately schooled, and was apprenticed in succession to several practitioners before he qualified at the University of Glasgow at the age of 22.1 Four years later he became a master of arts and doctor of medicine at the University of St. Andrews and won the Fothergillian medal for his essay "Diseases of the Foetus in Utero." During the preparation of this composition, he was accepted into the fellowship of the literary club in Covent Garden, whose members
BENJAMIN RICHARDSON (1828-1896) BIOGRAPHER AND DOCTOR OF LETTERS. JAMA. 1968;204(3):260-261. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140160070023