RICHARD BRIGHT (1789-1858) was the son of a wealthy banker of Bristol, England and received a good education with many opportunities to travel. Bright studied at Guy's Hospital in 1810, and in 1813 received his medical degree from the University of Edinburgh. After a period of travel, he began to practice in London, and was appointed assistant physician to Guy's Hospital, where he worked and taught for forty years.
In Reports of Medical Cases (1827) Bright pointed out the association between diseased kidneys, dropsy and albuminous urine and clearly defined the disease since known by his name. The beautiful illustrations added to the value of the work.