14 Facts About Alexander Marcet


Alexander John Gaspard Marcet FRS, was a Genevan-born physician who became a British citizen in 1800.

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Alexander Marcet's wife Jane Marcet was a prolific author, whose series of books entitled 'Conversations' treated topics such as chemistry, botany, religion and economics.

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Alexander Marcet was born at Geneva, and received his school education there.

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Alexander Marcet wrote a thesis on diabetes, printed at Edinburgh in the same year.

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Alexander Marcet then became a physician at Finsbury Dispensary, and at Guy's Hospital on 18 April 1804.

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Alexander Marcet took charge of the temporary military hospital at Portsmouth in 1809 for some months, when it contained invalids from Walcheren.

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Alexander Marcet had married Jane Haldimand, lived in Russell Square, and, as he grew wealthier, grew less and less inclined for medical practice.

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Alexander Marcet retired from the staff of Guy's Hospital, 10 March 1819, and went to live in Geneva, where he was appointed honorary professor of chemistry.

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Alexander Marcet visited England in 1821, and died in Great Coram Street, London, 19 October 1822.

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In 1805, Alexander Marcet contributed an essay, A Chemical Account of the Brighton Chalybeate, to a new edition of the Treatise on Mineral Waters of his colleague, Dr William Saunders.

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Alexander Marcet describes a variety of experiments of the rudimentary chemistry of that period made with the water of a chalybeate spring called the Wick, and shows that, unlike the Tonbridge spa, it might be drunk warm without any precipitation of iron.

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Alexander Marcet was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1815, and published some chemical papers in the Philosophical Transactions.

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Alexander Marcet published in 1817 An Essay on the Chemical History and Medical Treatment of Calculous Disorders.

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Alexander Marcet complains that he was unable to give full statistics, as no major London hospital then kept any regular record of cases.

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