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The foundation of the British Museum

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 14 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:146

Does the British public, or even the medical profession, fully realize that the nation owes that magnificent institution, the British Museum, to the liberality of a doctor? Its true begetter was Sir Hans Sloane, a fashionable physician of the eighteenth century.… Hans Sloane, who was of Scottish descent, was born in County Down in 1660. Even in boyhood he collected specimens, and the taste grew upon him till it became the ruling passion of his life. Natural history led him to medicine, which in those spacious days comprehended all science within itself…. With a rapidity that seems enviable to us whose professional lot lies …

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