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Sydenham, Thomas (1624–1689)




Thomas Sydenham
Known as "the English Hippocrates," physician who pioneered the use of quinine for treating malaria and of laudanum as an anesthetic (see anesthesia). He also wrote an important treatise on gout and first described Sydenham's chorea (St. Vitus' Dance).

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