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June 9, 1962

SPECIAL FEATURE

JAMA. 1962;180(10):828-829. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050230030008
Abstract

Thomas Wakley Commemoration  Charles W. Brook, C.B.E., London, EnglandOn May 24, 1962, a ceremonial unveiling was held at 35 Bedford Square, Holborn, in honor of the centenary of Thomas Wakley (1795-1862). Number 35, Bedford Square, is in the center of the 3 houses occupied by the Architectural Association, and when Wakley was first elected Member of Parliament for Finsbury in January, 1835, he addressed his enthusiastic supporters from a balcony of his home. So vast was the cheering crowd that the railings round the garden in the center of the square were broken down.It was in his drawing room, with its fine, ornate Adams ceiling that a somewhat tragic incident occurred. Wakley's friend, Dr. John Elliotson. the most scientific English physician of his time. Professor in the University College Hospital, had become a convert to mesmerism and claimed that by its use he could cure epilepsy. Unfortunately, he

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