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October 7, 1961


JAMA. 1961;178(1):61-62. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040400063016

It may not have been necessary to have been English-born, Edinburgh-trained, and an associate of Guy's Hospital and responsible for the description of an internal malady to be identified eponymically in medical writing, but, indeed, Richard Bright, Thomas Addison, and Thomas Hodgkin satisfied each of these criteria in the first half of the 19th century in London. Richard Bright has been judged the most outstanding of the 3. The story of his life, particularly during the years of higher learning and the 2 golden decades of his clinical preeminence, represents a series of successful accomplishments of a richly endowed and orderly mind. Although his fame surpassed that of Addison and Hodgkin, he was unselfish in recounting his scientific accomplishments and liberal in his credit to associates and underlings at every opportunity.1

Richard Bright was born at Queens Square, Bristol, in 1789. His father was a successful banker and provided