#atozchallenge: W is for William Harrington


by Lillian Csernica on April 26, 2018

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William Henry Harrington was born in London to a well-to-do family living in Grosvenor Square. His father is a banker and his mother the type of woman who rules the social scene with an iron if genteel hand.

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A solid education led him to Cambridge, and from there he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His mild, cheerful manner and sincere interest in his patients’ health quickly gained him a reputation as a reliable, reassuring, and competent physician.

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Given a choice between law and medicine, Dr. Harrington chose medicine for two important reasons. First, he finds the human body a fascinating subject. Second, studying vast tomes of legal precedent and going through the complex ritual of the courtroom hold no appeal for him. Relieving the suffering of the sick is a more rewarding pursuit than dealing with abstract legal squabbles.

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Dr. Harrington is not totally altruistic in his motivations. He accepted the position in Kyoto because he knew the Far East to have a long tradition of effective if peculiar remedies based largely on herbal preparations. In London during the 1800s cholera epidemics and the prevalence of tuberculosis make a trip abroad, even as far as Japan, highly attractive. Dr. Harrington will do anything to preserve the health and well-being of his wife and daughter, Constance and Madelaine.

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13 responses to “#atozchallenge: W is for William Harrington

  1. Plus, he was guaranteed better weather! 🙂

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  2. After reading this post, I am intrigued and plan to go back and read them all. Dr. Harrington reminds me of my son, a cardiologist. Wonderful job on your AtoZ theme.
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  3. I can comprehend his choice, I would make the same one.
    While I do think the law has its interesting aspects, as a lawyer you typically get into the game once people are fighting and there’s no peaceful way back.

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  4. Gorgeous view of Kyomizudera! Wondering, too, if Dr. Harrington will ever encounter acupuncture. Apparently, acupuncture and massage were originally professions of the blind! Surely a major surprise for the good doctor. Here’s a site about it, if you’re interested: https://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2015/03/28/chinese…japanese…is-acupuncture-all-same

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  7. I already knew he is an awesome character 🙂

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