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George Combe (1788–1858) by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson, 1843 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Combe [Comb], George (1788–1858), phrenologist, was born in Livingstone Yards, Edinburgh, on 21 October 1788, one of the seventeen children of George Comb (d. 1815), a brewer, and Marion Newton (d. 1819), who came from a family of tenant farmers. Combe...

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John Elliotson (1791–1868) by James Ramsay, 1836 by permission of the Royal College of Physicians, London

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Elliotson, John (1791–1868), physician and mesmerist, was born on 24 October 1791 in Southwark, London, the son of John Elliotson, a prosperous apothecary and chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated privately and (from 1805) at Edinburgh University, where he received the degree of MD in 1810; he became LRCP (...