Member of the Nottingham Medical Book Club
M.D., Edinburgh, F.R.S., Edinburgh, F.R.C.P. (1841), F.R.S.
Born in Basford, Nottingham, Marshall Hall was the fourth son of Robert Hall, the first cotton manufacturer to use chlorine for bleaching on an extensive scale, and the brother of Samuel Hall, the inventor. His introduction to science took place through his apprenticeship to a Newark Chemist at the age of fourteen. At Edinburgh University, which he entered in 1809, he distinguished himself by becoming senior president of the Royal Medical Society. As a student he showed a penetrating curiosity in matters outside his syllabus -
Hall’s first experience of general practice was at Bridgwater but in 1817, however, he returned to his native town. Here he built up both a fine reputation and a large practice on the success resulting from his disapproval of general blood-
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