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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

A System of Hygienic Medicine (1886) and The Advantages of Wholemeal Bread (1889)

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1023
  1. John A S Beard, GP trainee and MSc student in history of science, technology, and medicine, Oxford
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Thomas Allinson (1858-1918) was a late Victorian doctor whose health maintaining beliefs included the promotion of a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and the avoidance of smoking and alcohol. While predominantly accepted in the present day, his views were often controversial to the fin de siècle British medical establishment and he was ultimately removed from the medical register.

Born in Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, Allinson trained in Edinburgh, and received the LRCP and LRCS in 1879. He gained diverse medical experience as a police surgeon, ship’s doctor, and Poor Law practitioner, but the mainstay of his practice was conducted at …

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