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Kirkbride, Thomas Storylocked

(31 July 1809–16 December 1883)
  • Nancy Tomes

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Kirkbride, Thomas Story (31 July 1809–16 December 1883), psychiatrist, was born on a farm in eastern Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of John Kirkbride and Elizabeth Story, farmers, who were active members of the Bucks County Society of Friends.

Thomas Kirkbride was a delicate child thought to be ill suited to farming. His father, after suffering a painful illness, encouraged him to become a doctor, a profession highly respected among the Quakers. Kirkbride recalled in his “Autobiographical Sketch” (1882) that while still a boy, he “began to regard medicine as his path in life.”...

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