SIR HENRY THOMPSON AUTOGRAPH Prescription Signed.
British (English) surgeon.
Prescription, Signed. 35 Wimpole Street, Cavendish Square, W. 3rd December 1883. To J.B. [or K.] Wilson, Esq.
The prescription was filled by Corbyn & Co, 300 Holborn and bears their blind stamp. Dr Thompson's prescription includes Liq: Pottasae 3vi, Liq: morphine hydrochloratis 3i and Tinct: card[anomi] 3iv, to be taken "a tablespoonful in a wine glass of water 3 times a day". Liquid potassium was one of the treatments recommended by Henry Thompson in the treatments of acidic urine and gonorrhoea. This was usually mixed with a tincture of opium rather than, as here, a liquor of morphine.
8vo. Approx 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Some creasing. Tape mark and with the remains of two small mounting hinges to blank verso. Very good.
Sir Henry Thompson was professor of surgery and pathology at the Royal College of Surgeons. He specialised in urology and was physician to Queen Victoria and surgeon-extraordinary to the King of the Belgians and Napoleon III. He devised several instruments and was the author of many papers in which he made medical advances in his specialist field. He was first president of the Cremation Society of Great Britain and did much to remove the legal restrictions on this. He was also a noted astronomer and a gifted artist who exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Paris Salon.