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Pediatric Biographies
August 1933

JAMES NELSON 1710-1794

Am J Dis Child. 1933;46(2):381-383. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1933.01960020144014

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Abstract

Red Lion Square, Holborn, London, has, as Caulfield pointed out, a peculiar interest for pediatricians, for it was here that Armstrong started his first dispensary, here lived Joseph Hanway, one of the great exponents of infant welfare of the eighteenth century, here "dy'd Dr. Harris, a physician," and here, too, for fifty years lived James Nelson, apothecary. Apart from the fact that he was born in 1710 and died in 1794, and that between these dates he practiced pharmacy for many years, we know little, but Nelson was interested in children and their welfare and was what today would be called an "uplifter," for he wrote "The Affectionate Father, a Sentimental Comedy, Together with Essays on Various Subjects," which appeared in London, in 1786. It is a play intended to inculcate moral truths. The Monthly Review, in commenting on this play, said: "Mr. Nelson's scenes aim at the noblest end,

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