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HOPSON, CHARLES RIVINGTON (1744–1796), medical writer, was born, probably in London, in 1744. He was educated at St. Paul's School, and entered at Leyden on 1 Oct. 1765. At Leyden he proceeded M.D., his dissertation (published at Leyden, 1767) being entitled ‘De Tribus in Uno.’ Hopson practised in London, and for many years was physician to the Finsbury Dispensary. He died on 23 Dec. 1796. He wrote ‘An Essay on Fire,’ 1782, 8vo, and translated

  1. ‘A Treatise on Dysentery,’ from the German of J. G. Zimmerman, London, 1771, 8vo.
  2. ‘A General System of Chemistry …,’ London, 1789, 4to, principally from the work of Wiegleb.

He is also credited with translations of Forster's ‘Voyages and Discoveries in the North’ (1786; cf. Forster, Johann Georg Adam), and Sparrman's and Thunberg's ‘Travels.’

[Gent. Mag. 1797, i. 80; Gardiner's Admission Reg. of St. Paul's School, p. 98; Index of Leyden Students; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]

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