John Haygarth, FRS (1740-1827): A Physician of the Enlightenment

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American Philosophical Society, 2005 - 169 pages
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John Haygarth, MD, FRS (1740-1827) hailed from an obscure valley in the Yorkshire dales in the north west of England. Educated at Sedbergh School, Cambridge, and Edinburgh, he became a physician in Chester in 1767. There he introduced separate wards in the Chester Infirmary where patients with fever could be isolated and cared for. It was the stimulus for the development of the fever hospitals of nineteenth century England. Haygarth moved to Bath in 1798, where he continued to write on medical matters. He also played a major role in the foundation of the Bath Provident Institution for Savings, a model for the savings-bank movement in England. John Haygarth died in 1827 at Swainswick near Bath and was buried in the graveyard there.

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Christopher Booth is a physician and historian currently serving as a Research Associate and honorary Professor at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London (UCL).

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