Patrick Manson (1844-1922) was born near Aberdeen, Scotland, into a family of considerable means. His father, a laird (landowner) of Fingask and manager of the local branch of the British Linen Bank at Old Meldrum, was able to provide his son the proper schooling of that time. Patrick, fond of carpentry, hunting, and mechanics, terminated his early education at the age of 15 and became an apprentice in the ironworks of his mother's relatives. While in this heavy industry, he acquired a curvature of the spine and flaccid paralysis of the right arm. The need to rest several hours each day caused him to abandon mechanics and engineering. During this enforced leisure he read natural history and developed an interest in medicine. He entered the University of Aberdeen in 1860 and complemented his studies at Edinburgh University during the summer. Following the granting of the M.B. and C.M. degrees by
THE GOUTY PARASITOLOGIST. JAMA. 1962;181(1):44–45. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050270046013
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