William Withering — The man and his work

  • J. C. Skou
Conference paper


In 1785 William Withering, a physician in Birmingham, published “An Account of the Foxglove and Some of its Medical Uses: with Practical Remarks on Dropsy and other Diseases” (6). This is a critical analysis of the effect of digitalis on dropsy based on ten years of observations with reports of 163 cases treated by Withering, and a number of cases treated by colleagues. Detailed instructions are given on how to use digitalis, on the dosage, on the clinical signs which can be used to follow the effect, and on toxicity.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Skou
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  1. 1.Institute of BiophysicsUniversity of ÅrhusÅrhus CDenmark

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