Edmund Alexander Parkes (1819-1876), born in Oxfordshire in 1819, was a doctor and hygienist whose research into the causes of cholera laid the foundations for a better understanding of the disease and its treatment. After serving as a military doctor in India and the Crimea, he took up a post of military hygienist at the army medical school in Chatham. The school moved to Netley in 1863. Parkes lived at Sydney Cottage in Bitterne and died there in 1876.


Further reading:
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2004, Volume 42


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