At the Circulating Library Author Information: Thomas Mackern
Author: Thomas Mackern (1818–1874)
Biography: Thomas Mackern was born in Limerick. He studied medicine at the Dublin Hospitals and the Irish College of Surgeons. He commenced practice in Liverpool, eventually adopting homoeopathy as his speciality. As his obituary remarks, "To remain steadily at work in one locality was to him impossible," so he took extended voyages to Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the West Indies where he contributed to the spread of homoeopathy. During one of his trips, he wrote his only novel, Lucian Playfair (1857) which includes some medical scenes. He died 1874 in Eastbourne of double pneumonia.
References: Monthly Homoeopathic Review (1 December 1874)
- Lucian Playfair: A Novel. 3 vol. London: Smith, Elder, 1857.