Once reviled, doctor who warned against smoking in 19th century gets recognition

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Essays by a Victorian doctor, who was struck off for claiming that smoking was bad for the health, are to be published again.

Dr Thomas Allinson's letters, first published in 1893, were so controversial that the General Medical Council struck him off a year later.

Dr Allinson grew up in Manchester and qualified as a doctor from Edinburgh University in 1881. When he opened a GP's surgery in south London he noticed the poor quality of life for many people.

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