George Bodington, descendant of an old Warwickshire family, was one of the first to recommend country air, a nutritious diet, sedation, and domiciliary care for those stricken with tuberculosis.1 After attending Magdalen College School at Oxford, he was apprenticed at the age of 17 for two years to a surgeon in the market town of Atherstone. Two years later he went to London, where he became a student at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and, in 1825, a licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries. These qualifications were sufficient for practice at this time. After a short stay in Birmingham, he cared for the sick in the neighboring villages of Erdington and Sutton Coldfield. During this period, Bodington became a licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and received an MD degree from the University of Erlangen.
In 1836, having acquired limited experience in his common-sense management of tuberculosis, Bodington