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The other Charles Darwin (1758-1778)

JMS Pearce Hull, England, United Kingdom   Fig 1. Erasmus Darwin and William Withering. “Precursoritis” is the bane of historiography.” – Stephen Jay Gould   One of the best-known and important discoveries in the practice of medicine was the introduction of digitalis by William Withering (Fig 1). It was the subject of controversy that involved […]

William Withering and the use of foxglove in pediatric patients

Göran Wettrell Sweden   Fig. 1. Title page of William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses, 1785. P. I. Nixon Medical History Library. UT Health Science Center, San Antonio. William Withering’s An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses was published in 1785.1 The book received great […]