Thomas Hodgkin by Louis R. Rosenfeld

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Hodgkin's Disease. Most people have heard of it. Yet, very few know Thomas Hodgkin, the man, or the reason the disease was named after him. Dr. Louis Rosenfeld changes that in his searching biography of one of the most significant humanitarians of his time. His in-depth, chronological history unfolds against the backdrop of the social, medical, scientific, and educational changes that were occurring around Thomas Hodgkin in the nineteenth century.

Thomas Hodgkin led a life dedicated to the betterment of those around him. First and foremost a dedicated Quaker, his religious fervor ran deep and was apparent in everything he did. He actively participated in the leading social reform movements of his time. He was committed to medical practice reform and education. His opposition to slavery and the slave trade was so strong that he worked to develop settlements in Africa for freed slaves. His strong commitment to social justice for underdeveloped peoples found him also fighting for American Indian's rights when they were threatened by the British.

Thomas Hodgkin spent his life in the relentless pursuit of equality for the underprivileged and oppressed. Despite the fact that his integrity and consistency in human rights issues were anathema to the conventional wisdom of his time, he managed to make a difference. Dr. Rosenfeld captures the true Thomas Hodgkin like no one else ever has in this extraordinary biography.
 

About Louis R. Rosenfeld

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Rosenfeld, an architecture evangelist, is now an independent consultant, helping such clients as Ford and Hewlett-Packard develop their information architecture strategies and in-house expertise.
 
Published December 26, 1992 by Madison Books. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Today, his humanitarianism seems quaint, if not suspect, for Hodgkin was a creature of his time, and his concern for primitive people and slaves was shaped by his underlying belief in the moral superiority of British culture and in its ability to end the ignorance and paganism of ``the simpler pe...

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Hodgkin's (1798-1866) fame as the discoverer of the disease that bears his name has obscured the English Quaker physician's accomplishments as a scholar, educator, ethnologist and social reformer--particularly as the ``father and founder of the Aborigines' Protection Society,'' which worked to en...

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