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Alexander Thom (1775-1845): From Army Surgeon to Settlement Founder.

Authors
  • Petty, Ross D1
  • 1 Babson College, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of medical biography
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2020
Volume
28
Issue
1
Pages
38–46
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/0967772017729327
PMID: 28972443
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper examines the life of a 19th century medical practitioner and the impact he had on both people and society. Alexander Thom had a distinguished career as a surgeon in the British Army Medical Service before retiring to become one of the founding settlers and leaders of Perth, Ontario. There his half-pay retirement, land grants from being in the military and his medical practice enabled him to become a successful businessman-mill owner, justice of the peace, local politician and eventually district court judge. Like many doctors of his or any era, his contributions to society extended beyond his medical practice.

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