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"My Dear Hart": Lister's Marriage To Hannah Parkinson And His Medical Practice In York

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While Lister was negotiating the terms of his friendship with Ray, he was making another more permanent relationship with his own future wife, Hannah Parkinson, as well as establishing a medical practice in Yorkshire. Lister seems to have been assimilated into professional society quickly, and became part of a corporation of York physicians who banded together to preserve their rights and privileges. An examination of their corporate articles revealed that they were under the general jurisdiction of the Archbishop of York who granted their licenses. Lister also devoted a page in his casebook to a list of "head and horns," such as those from "raindeer," harts' horn and the tusks of the "sea unicorn". Harts' horn was the early modern chemist's source of ammonia, used much like sal volatile to enliven the animal spirits and revive those who had fainted.

Keywords:Hannah Parkinson; Harts' horn; Lister; medical practice; Ray; sal volatile; Yorkshire



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