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A good biography should have a setting consisting of an account of the time in which the subject of it lived and worked. In such thumbnail sketches this is not possible, but the following paragraph from "Pediatrics of the Past" may help place Cadogan, one of the lustiest of the eighteenth century pediatrists:
To truly estimate Cadogan, and he looms large, one must bear in mind that he graced a period, when, as a rule, "the mind like the beard had a formal cut." The eighteenth century was a formal age. Men bowed and scraped punctiliously over their snuff boxes; the philosophers droned tediously; even the music of the period was precise. Small wonder that the medicine of the century followed suit. The medical London of those days was replete with interest; the mere mention of a few names suffices to give it coloring. At that time John Brown was
RUHRÄH J. WILLIAM CADOGAN 1711-1797. Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(4):827-831. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930160145016