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British medical researcher Thomas Addison commits suicide at his home in Brighton

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06/29/1860
British physician and scientist Thomas Addison, the discoverer of Addison's Disease, a disorder of the adrenal gland, died after crushing his skull in a fall near his home in Brighton.  The seventy-three year old Addison was a victim of deep depression and the fall was deliberate.  He had been born near Newcastle, the son of a grocer, and educated at the University of Edinburgh.  He spent most his career at Guy's Hospital in London.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Notes and Events," Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences 40 (1985): 212.

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