Thomas Stevenson (toxicologist)

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Thomas Stevenson
Thomas Stevenson Vanity Fair 30 November 1899.jpg
"Medical Jurisprudence"
Stevenson as caricatured by A. G. Witherby in Vanity Fair, November 1899
Born 14 Apr 1838
Rainton, Yorkshire, England
Died 27 July 1908
Streatham, London, England
Nationality English
Alma mater University of London
Guy's Hospital
Scientific career
Fields Toxicologist
Institutions Home Office
Guy's Hospital
Academic advisors Mr Steel of Bradford
Notable students Frederick Hopkins

Thomas Stevenson (1838 – 18 January 1908) was an English toxicologist and forensic chemist. [1] He served as an analyst to the Home Office and in England he served as an expert witness in many famous poisoning cases. These included the Pimlico Mystery, The Maybrick Case, the Lambeth Poisoner, and the George Chapman case. [2]

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Pimlico Mystery unsolved murder in Victorian England

The Pimlico Mystery or the Pimlico Poisoning Mystery is the name given to the circumstances surrounding the 1886 death of Thomas Edwin Bartlett, possibly at the hands of his wife, Adelaide Blanche Bartlett, in the Pimlico district of London. A fatal quantity of chloroform was found in Mr Bartlett's stomach, despite having not caused any damage to his throat or windpipe, and no evidence of how it got there. Adelaide Bartlett was tried for her husband's murder and was acquitted. By the jury's own statement in court Mrs Bartlett's acquittal was partly secured because the prosecution could not prove how Mrs Bartlett could have committed the crime.

In 1857 Stevenson became a medical pupil to Mr Steel of Bradford. He entered Guy's Hospital Medical School in 1859 and graduated MB, London, in 1863 and M.D. in 1864. He won several gold medals whilst a student. He became MRCP in 1864 and FRCP in 1871. Stevenson became demonstrator in practical chemistry at Guy's in 1864, and was lecturer in chemistry, 1870–98, and in forensic medicine, 1878-1908, in succession to Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806–80). He also served as the President of the Institute of Chemistry and of the Society of Public Analysts.

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Alfred Swaine Taylor British toxicologist

Alfred Swaine Taylor was an English toxicologist and medical writer, who has been called the "father of British forensic medicine" He was also an early experimenter in photography.

He is notable as the scientific mentor of the Nobel Prize winner Frederick Hopkins.

Stevenson died of diabetes on 27 July 1908 at his home in Streatham High Road, London and was buried at West Norwood Cemetery. One of his children became a medical missionary in India.

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  1. "STEVENSON, Sir Thomas". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1676.
  2. Obituary. Sir Thomas Stevenson, M.D., F.R.C.P. Br. Med. J. 1908, 2, pp. 361–362.
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