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October 6, 1969

Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869) Roget's Thesaurus

JAMA. 1969;210(1):128-129. doi:10.1001/jama.1969.03160270090022

Peter M. Roget, physician, educator, and scholar, was born in London, son of John Roget, native of Geneva and at the time pastor of the French Protestant Church, a Swiss parish.1 Peter received his early education in Kensington where he was partial to mathematical studies. He completed his higher education at Edinburgh, obtaining the degree of doctor of medicine before his 20th year. He returned to London to study under Baillie, Cruikshank, Willan, Heberden, Abernethy, and others. After a series of varied professional activities on the Continent and in England, in his 26th year he was appointed physician to the infirmary at Manchester, successor to Thomas Percival. He gave a course of lectures and demonstrations on anatomy and physiology and became one of the founders of the Manchester Medical School, a successful venture.

Four years after his appointment Roget left Manchester and established himself in London. He was admitted