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18071860
a prominent London physician of the Victorian era known for his writings on tuberculosis and influenza. He is credited with introducing cod-liver oil into England, being the first to give bismuth to arrest diarrhea of phthisis (tuberculosis), and the first to prescribe oxide of zinc for night sweats. He was also one of the first British doctors to use the recently invented monaural stethoscope, having learned its use during his Paris studies. In addition to Thompson's academic pursuits, he also acted as the London literary agent for his brother-in-law George Henry Wathen.
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