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February 27, 1967

JOSEPH HODGSON (1788-1869) PROVINCIAL SURGEON

JAMA. 1967;199(9):663. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120090105026
Abstract

Joseph Hodgson, judged by his biographers to be an able surgeon of the clinical school but sometimes reluctant to accept changes in practice, was nevertheless a highly successful consultant. He is best known by historians for the preparation of A Treatise on the Diseases of Arteries and Veins, Containing the Pathology and Treatment of Aneurisms and Wounded Arteries.1 Hodgson was born at Penrith, Cumberland, the son of a Birmingham merchant, and was educated at King Edward VI's grammar school.2 After serving an apprenticeship to Mr. Freer, he became, through an uncle's generosity, a pupil at St. Bartholomew's Hospital; there he observed several of the cases described in his monograph. He obtained the diploma of the College of Surgeons of London in 1811 and commenced practice, supplementing an inadequate income by taking pupils and editing the London Medical Review. In 1815, his famous monograph appeared, accompanied by a companion

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