Sir Dr Clifford Allbutt KCB

Died aged c. 89

Sir Thomas Clifford Allbutt (20 July 1836 – 22 February 1925) was an English physician best known for his role as commissioner for lunacy in England and Wales 1889-1892, president of the British Medical Association 1920, inventing the clinical thermometer, and supporting Sir William Osler in founding the History of Medicine Society. Thomas Clifford Allbutt was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, the son of Rev. Thomas Allbutt, Vicar of Dewsbury and his wife Marianne, daughter of Robert Wooler, of Dewsbury (1801–1843). He was educated at St Peter's School, York and Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1859, with a First Class degree in natural sciences in 1860. After studying medicine at St George's Hospital, Hyde Park Corner, London, and taking the Cambridge MB degree in 1861, he went to Paris and attended the clinics of Armand Trousseau, Duchenne de Boulogne (G. B. A. Duchenne) author of Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, Pierre-Antoine-Ernest Bazin and Hardy. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1880, while still practising at Leeds General Infirmary (1861 to 1889). After serving as one of the Commissioners for Lunacy in England and Wales from 1889, Allbutt became Regius Professor of Physic (medicine) at the University of Cambridge in 1892, and was knighted (K. C. B.) in 1907. He died in Cambridge, England in 1925. Allbutt was married to Susan, daughter of Thomas England, merchant, of Headingley, Leeds, on 15 September 1869. They had no children.

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Sir Clifford Allbutt 1836-1925. One of the most widely consulted physicians of his era lived here 1872-81. He was Physician at Leeds General Infirmary 1864-84 and later Regius Professor of Physic at Cambridge. He is best known for inventing the short-stemmed clinical thermometer and revising 'The System of Medicine', the doctor's bible.

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