• This is the first book about Dr Andrew Duncan (1744-1828), born in
Anstruther to a Fife shipmaster, a man of wide interests, and a remarkable
medical figure during the Scottish Enlightenment.
• His name lives on in the Andrew Duncan Clinic, Edinburgh, established in 1965.
• He saw the need for a Dispensary for the Sick Poor, and a Lunatic Asylum in
Edinburgh – where inmates were treated humanely.
• He founded a Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health in Edinburgh,
the first in Britain.
• He attended the poet Robert Fergusson in his final illness.
• He founded the Aesculapian and Harveian Societies, and the
Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society, all of which survive.
John Chalmers is a retired orthopaedic surgeon.
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