Views & Reviews Medical Classic

On the Constitutional and Local Effects of Disease of the Supra-renal Capsules

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4183
  1. Harold Ellis, emeritus professor of surgery, University of London

    Next year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Thomas Addison, a brilliant physician after whom two diseases are named: Addison’s (or pernicious) anaemia and Addison’s disease of the suprarenal glands, both described in a slim monograph of 39 pages, beautifully illustrated with 11 colour plates. The book reminds us all of what can be achieved by close clinical study, aided by the simplest of equipment; think of Richard Doll’s work on the association of cigarette smoking and lung cancer or of Denis Burkett’s description of a peculiar tumour of children in tropical Africa.

    In the preface to his book Addison …

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