A Name To Remember

Barbara Myers examines the lives of five medical pioneers.


0101James Parkinson1999041220000203

Barbara Myers traces the fascinating life of James Parkinson, the man after whom Parkinson's disease is named. His `Essay on the Shaking Palsy' was one of many lasting contributions to British life and science, but he was also a respected palaeontologist and a political activist.

0102Thomas Addison1999041320000210

Barbara Myers examines one of the fathers of modern medicine, revered by today's endocrinologists for his work in identifying the disease named after him but not fully recognised during his lifetime.

This shy and awkward physician devoted his life to medicine and to Guy's Hospital, where he inspired hundreds of students with his understanding of disease and skill in diagnosis.

0103Thomas Hodgkin1999041420000217

Barbara Myers investigates the remarkable life of English physician Thomas Hodgkin (1798-1866), who was also a Quaker activist, social reformer and campaigner for the rights of Aboriginal peoples.

He discovered Hodgkin's disease, and his understanding of the importance of two new instruments - the stethoscope and the microscope - helped transform medical practice.

His leading work in morbid anatomy enabled him to discover Hodgkin's Disease.

0104Sir Charles Bell1999041520000224

Barbara Myers tells the story of Scottish anatomist, surgeon and pioneer of neurophysiology Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842). He influenced artists as well as scientists: Bell's palsy was one of just many medical discoveries made during his work on the function of nerves, and his `Essays on the Anatomy of Expression in Painting' - a classic of art history - was in print for nearly 90 years.

0105 LASTGraham Hughes1999041620000302

In 1994, Dr Graham Hughes was honoured by medical colleagues around the world when they agreed that the blood disorder he had first described should be known as Hughes' syndrome.