Henry MacCormac (1800 - 1886):
Henry MacCormac was born at Fairlawn, County Armagh, and studied medicine in Dublin, Paris and Edinburgh. Before settling in Belfast in 1828, he traveled in Africa and America. In 1832 he was placed in charge of the fever hospital in Belfast, and during the epidemic of that year he took charge of the cholera hospital. He improved the conditions and diet of the patients in the district lunatic asylum, of which he was visiting physician. In 1836 he was one of the founders of the Belfast Medical Society, and he was among the first physicians to suggest that tuberculosis sufferers ought to be exposed to fresh air. He is said to have had a knowledge of twenty languages and was particularly interested in the study of comparative philology.
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