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Pediatric Biographies
April 1929


Am J Dis Child. 1929;37(4):832-836. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1929.01930040141010

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It has always seemed strange that rickets was not called Glisson's disease, in place of the English disease or any of the other names which it frequently bears. Certainly there are few monographs on any disease so complete and so thoroughly satisfactory.

The main facts of Glisson's life may be briefly stated. He was the second son of William Glisson, and was born at Rampisham in Dorsetshire in 1597. He was sent to Caius College, Cambridge, in 1617, receiving his B. A. in 1621, and his M. A. in 1624; he was incorporated M. A. at Oxford in 1627. Cambridge conferred the degree of M.D. on him in 1634. The next year he was elected a member of the Royal College of Physicians and was made regius professor of physic at Cambridge, which chair he held until his death although he appointed Dr. Brady his deputy professor two years before

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