Thomas Brushfield

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Dr. Thomas Brushfield (1858–1937) was an English psychiatrist who worked in the field of intellectual disability. He is remembered for describing Brushfield spots,[1] and was the medical superintendent of the Fountain Hospital for Imbeciles, Tooting, from 1914 to 1927. He died on 17 May 1937, aged 79.[2]

He was the son of Dr Thomas Nadauld Brushfield (1828–1910), a noted authority in the same field and expert on the life of Sir Walter Raleigh.[3]


  1. ^ Barry G. Firkin, Judith A. Whitworth. Dictionary of Medical Eponyms. Informa Health Care, 2001, page 51. ISBN 978-1-85070-333-4.
  2. ^ Wallis, Hugh R.E. (December 1951). "The Significance of Brushfield's Spots in the Diagnosis of Mongolism in Infancy". Arch Dis Child 26 (130): 495–500. doi:10.1136/adc.26.130.495. PMC 1988487. PMID 14904092. 
  3. ^ "Thomas Nadauld Brushfield". British Medical Journal 2 (2609): 2054. 31 December 1910. doi:10.1136/bmj.2.2609.2054. PMC 2336482. Retrieved 23 September 2014.