Obitltary

Thomas William Thompsox, Timbrell Bulstrode
1896 Journal of the Sanitary Institute  
In the death of Air. T. ~V. Thompson, at the early age of 44, the science of Epidemiology has lost one of its foremost representatives ; indeed, few men's minds were better fitted than Air. Thompson's to approach in a proper scientific spirit the etiological problems with which, by virtue of his official position, lie was brought in contact. Before Air. Thompson devoted his life to Sanitaiy science hc had had an extensive and somewhat varied experience, an experience which served him in
more » ... rved him in especially good stead in the more matter-of-fact admiuistrativc~ part of his ofhcial dutics; while liis love for the study of philosophy, to wliicli lie had devoted liis spare moments from an early age, doubtless did much to engender in him that remarkable lucidity of expression and power of developing an argument, wliicli was so characteristic of his reports and writings. After receiving Ills professional education at University College Hospital, and holding suuciry resident appointments at other hospitals, ~1r. Thompson studied at IBTetle,y, and eventually served with the Royal Horse Artillery in the Madras Presidency. A serious illness, however, cut short his stay in India, and on his restoration to health lie was appointed to the high position of Surgeon to the First Life Guards. This post Air. Thompson held for some five years, at the end of which time he married, and entered private practice at Potter's Bar. In practice he was eminently successful; indeed, lie became universally beloved and respected in the neighbourhood, a fact whicli is borne evidence to by the handsome testimonials presented to him on his relinquishing private practice, and by the many and beautiful tokens of deep affection which were manifest when his numerous friends and colleagues bade their last tribute to lis memory in the little country churchyard in Hertfordshire. AVIhile in practice Air. Thompson contributed a valuable paper to the &dquo Lancet,&dquo which showed that he possessed in a high degree scientific methods of thought, and that lie had besides considerable literary ability; and during the same time he wrote an anonymous essay entitled &dquoThe New Conservatism,&dquo in which he discussed, in an exceptionally able manner, the philosophical aspect of certain political attitudes, adopting a somewhat similar line of argument to tliat which is taken by Mr. Herbert Spencer, in his admirable work on &dquoThe Man versus the State.&dquo It is necessary to mention this essay in anything approaching a thoughtful sketch of Air. Thompson, but it must
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