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the other Charles Darwin

Exploring the Chapel of Ease graveyard by Edinburgh University, originally Buccleuch Parish Church, the old church now only used as storage for the University, parish transferred across the road to the Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church (with its towering spire).

 

Passed this spot for ages, gates normally locked, in today during the annual Doors Open day and found among the tombs this one to Charles Darwin. Not the author of the world-changing theory of evolution, but his uncle, who studied at Edinburgh University (as his more famous nephew would do half a century later) in the 1770s. A very intelligent, sharp student, he was the first to describe the therapeutic effects of digitalis (Foxglove) on cardiac conditions. Unfortunately he cut himself during an autopsy at the university (still today, as then, one of the world's most famous medical schools), and became infected, dying shortly afterwards at a dreadfully young age. One wonders what other innovations in the field of medical science at this innovative school he may have pursued if he had lived. His much more famous nephew would come here to our city and this university much later. Quite a family

 

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Taken on September 22, 2012