We shall never see his like again

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:371
  1. Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor

    Frederick Parkes Weber, of the German Hospital, Dalston, London, probably had more eponymous syndromes named for him than any other doctor who lived. He was the son of Sir Hermann Weber, the German physician to Queen Victoria, who lived to be 95; Parkes Weber lived to be 99 and he published his last paper at the age of 97. This beat the record of his father, who published a paper in the BMJ when he was 95 entitled “On the influence of muscular exertion on longevity.”

    The German Hospital, now being turned into luxury flats, served the German speaking population of London in a strictly non-denominational way, and both Marx and Joseph Conrad were once patients. The physicians had …

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