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John Elliotson


Physician and mesmerist. MD, Edinburgh University, 1810, Cambridge University, 1821. Professor of the principles and practice of medicine, University College, London, 1832–9. Senior physician, University College Hospital, 1834–9. Founded the London Phrenological Society in 1823. Practised mesmerism from 1837. Founded the Zoist, devoted to mesmerism and phrenology, in 1843. Had one of the largest private medical practices in London. Credited with introducing the stethoscope to England. FRS 1829.




ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.