Thomas Wilkinson King

Thomas Wilkinson King (1809 – 26 March 1847) was an English pathologist and anatomist. He has been called "the father of endocrinology" because of a landmark paper he wrote about the thyroid gland while working at Guy's Hospital.

Early life and education

King was born in 1809 and was educated in London and Paris.[1] He became a doctor like his father, who practised in Dover, and began training at Guy's Hospital as a teenager in 1824.[2] He was appointed curator of the Guy's Hospital museum, a position previously held by Thomas Hodgkin, in 1837, and three years later became a lecturer in comparative anatomy and comparative physiology.[3] He also lectured in anatomical pathology and wrote prolifically in the Guy's Hospital Reports, particularly about cancer.[1]

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