By William Jardine Proudfoot
This is often an account of the profession of James Dinwiddie (1746-1815). First released in 1868 via Dinwiddie's grandson William Jardine Proudfoot, the paintings is predicated on Dinwiddie's personal autobiographical notes, commute logbook and private correspondence. The biography strains Dinwiddie's profession from the clinical lectures he gave from 1781 and the magazine sequence Queries and tricks, which he begun in 1779, to his stopover at to the chinese language imperial courtroom as legit astronomer in Lord Macartney's undertaking (1792-1794); his place of abode in Beijing and Canton; and his circulation to India, the place he was once appointed Professor of arithmetic, ordinary Philosophy and Chemistry on the university of citadel William, Bengal. Dinwiddie's profession used to be marked via passionate dedication to the dissemination of medical wisdom - his travels, lectures and guides have been undertaken for this reason. His existence is an engaging account of a polymathic brain in an effort to fascinate and entertain a modern day readership.
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