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J R Coll Gen Pract. 1978 February; 28(187): 97–101.
PMCID: PMC2158734

Richard Quiller Couch — an outstanding nineteenth century general practitioner


The boom in metal mining in the mid-nineteenth century produced a fearful mortality among miners. The history of this problem is described by the life and work of Mr R. Quiller Couch, a Cornish mine surgeon and general practitioner. He was a remarkable man and an outstanding general practitioner.

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