Bennett, John Hughes
BENNETT, JOHN HUGHES, for twenty-six years professor of the institutes of medicine at Edinburgh University, was born in London on the 31st August 1812. He was edu cated at Exeter, and being destined for the medical profession was articled to a surgeon in Maidstone. In 1833 he began his studies at Edinburgh, and in 1837 graduated with the highest honours. During the next four years he studied in Paris and Germany, and on his return to Edinburgh in 1841 published a work on cod-liver oil, the recommendation of which as a remedy in all consumptive diseases made his name widely known. In 1848 he obtained the chair of institutes of medicine, having already gained high reputation as an extra-academical lecturer and teacher. [a 1871 his health gave way ; he retired to the south of France, and in 1874 resigned his professorship. In August 1875 he was able to be present at the meeting of the British Medical Association in Edinburgh, on which occasion he received the degree of LL.D. The fatigue he then underwent brought on a relapse, and he was compelled to have the operation of lithotomy performed. He sank rapidly and died on the 25th September. Professor Bennett is-as an able teacher, and his original investigations entitle him to a high place in the history of medicine. His publications are very numerous, including many articles in medical journals and several exhaustive treatises. Of these the best known are Clinical Lectures, 1858 (5th ed., 1868); Treatise On Physiology, 1858, contributed to the 8th edition of the Encycloyedia Britannica ; Textbook of Physiology, 1870.