A blue plaque commemorating the founder of the Royal Free and Royal Marsden Hospitals adorns a townhouse in Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
Marsden was born in Yorkshire in 1796 and after his apprenticeship to an apothecary moved to London. He studied surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and qualified as a surgeon in 1827.
He opened what became known as the Royal Free Hospital as sick people needed a letter from a governor to be admitted. He wanted a hospital that had free access to all even those who has no means to pay for their care.
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Marsden died in 1867 and his legacy continues with the hospitals that he founded still treating patients in the 21st century.