Notes for Dr George BODINGTON MD
George Bodington studied at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. Practiced
near Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire. Was known as an acute observer and
a thoughtful and fluent speaker.
He served on Sutton Coldfield Corporation (council) for 40 years; was
appointed for life.
Warden of Sutton Coldfield, 1852-1854.
1840: published a revolutionary essay on the treatment and cure of
pulmonary consumption in which he roundly condemned the current therapy
and advocated instead fresh air in abundance, gentle exercise in the
open, an adequate and varied diet and a minimum of medicaments.
Violently attacked by reviewers he became discouraged about tuberculosis
and devoted the remainder of his professional life to the care of the
"... in this book Dr. Bodington anticipated by many years the
modern view of the treatment of phthisis [tuberculosis or TB]" - See
Lancet, March 11 1882.
Bodington Red Cross Hospital in Wentworth Falls, New South Wales, was
later named after Dr. Bodington.
Dr. George Bodington was an established General Practitioner in
Erdington (Parish of Aston) Warwickshire UK [now part of the City of
Birmingham], when he returned to Sutton Coldfield (adjoining parish) to
devote himself to the care of the mentally sick. In 1836 he became
proprietor of the Diffold House Asylum in Maney, Sutton Coldfield.
According to the 1851 census there were 11 Lunatic Patients at the
Diffold Asylum with a staff of 6 including his wife Ann and daughter
Mary. Some of the area of the Diffold Asylum was later the site of
Sutton Coldfield Odeon cinema.
The Asylum moved to White House, Maney, Sutton Coldfield;
living at Maney Hill where two daughters ran a girls boarding school; 9
pupils of which five were nieces.
He died in 1882 in his 83rd year in Sutton Coldfield. 
Extensive research into Dr Bodington's life has been carried out by Andrew
McFarlane, and his paper is published by Sutton Coldfield Local History
Research Group in Volume 11 of its Proceedings. The content has been
at least somewhat independently validated, since the Wellcome Trust
decided to place a copy, after scrutiny, in their Medical Library.
Copies may be purchased, £5 [2013 price] plus postage. 
In a letter to his son George, also a doctor, dated on 24th December
1866, he wrote "I often think when I am dead and buried perhaps the
Profession will be more disposed to do me some justice than whilst I
live." - a prediction that was amply fulfilled nearly forty years
afterwards, by a long letter in the Times for February 11th 1905,
from a member of the Profession in which his name is coupled with that
of Harvey, Jenner, and Lister as among the greatest benefactors of his
age; and by an appreciative account of him published in the same year in
the Birmingham Medical Review.