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Robert Christison, Scottish toxicologist

Robert Christison, Scottish toxicologist

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Sir Robert Christison (1797-1882), Scottish toxicologist and physician. Christison was born and educated at Edinburgh, before studying in London and Paris. In 1822 he was appointed professor of medical jurisprudence at Edinburgh, rapidly becoming known as an authority on poisons. He wasn't above self-experimentation, having taken high doses of chemicals such as physostigmine. In 1832 he accepted the chair of medicine and therapeutics, which led to a substantial reputation and even more substantial private practice. In 1848 he was appointed physician to Queen Victoria and in 1871 received a baronetcy. He finally retired at the age of 80 and died five years later.

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