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MACKENZIE, Sir Morell (1837-1892). Physician.
Important Autograph Letter Signed to the Registrar of the General Medical Council, 1 page 8vo (laid down), 19 Harley Street, 28 November 1888. Notifying the Registrar that he has asked Sir Henry Pitman (1808-1908, physician and Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians) to give notice of his resignation and that therefore legal advisors need not be approached.
Mackenzie had been physician to the ill-fated Crown Prince Frederick of Germany, who was suspected of having laryngeal cancer. A mis-diagnosis resulted from insubstantial biopsy material and the Prince died only months after succeeding to the throne. Though his patient had every confidence in him, even to requesting that his mother-in-law, Queen Victoria, honour him with a knighthood, his English colleagues and the world press blamed him. He sought to protect himself by publishing an angry book The Fatal Illness of Frederick the Noble in 1888. The book was received unfavourably and led to censure of him by the Royal College of surgeons and the British Medical Association and, as this letter shows, his resignation from the General Medical Council.
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