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Pediatric Biographies
May 1930

ROBERT WHYTT 1714-1766

Am J Dis Child. 1930;39(5):1068-1073. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1930.01930170155014

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Robert Whytt deserves a high place in the history of pediatrics, for he it was who placed tuberculous meningitis on a firm clinical basis. He was born in Scotland in 1714, received his A.M. degree at the age of 16 and then entered the medical school in Edinburgh, a medical school which had in that year been recognized as such by the Senatus Academicus. Most of the three or four years of his medical student life in Edinburgh were spent in the study of anatomy under Monro. In 1734, he went to London to study under Cheselden and later to Paris, where he attended clinics at La Charité and Hôtel Dieu. Later, he heard Boerhaave, then quite an old man, in Leyden. In April, 1736, he received his M.D. degree in Rheims. It is highly probable that his Scotch thrift led him to go to a smaller French town for

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