William Falconer was born at Chester on 23 February 1744 and died at Bath on 31 August 1824. He received the MD from Edinburgh in 1766 with a dissertation on kidney disease. During the following year, he attended medical lectures at Leiden; and on his return to England he established a medical practice, first at Chester and then at Bath, where he remained until his death. His medical writings cover a wide range of topics, including diet, copper poisoning, influenza, urinary calculus, plague, agricultural diseases, hip-joint disease, diagnostic use of the pulse and the medicinal effects of the waters at Bath. Other work focuses on the influence of climate and geography on human manners, customs and social institutions.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.