BENNET, Henry James. Winter and Spring on the Shores of the Mediterranean: or, the Genoese Rivieras, Italy, Spain, Corfu, Greece, the Archipelago, Constantinople…, Smyrna, Asia Minor…, fifth edition, London, J. & A. Churchill, 1875.
Henry James Bennet (1816-?), son of the owner of a big textile mill and inventor of corduroy, was born in Manchester. When Bennet was thirteen, his father died and his mother settled in Paris with her children. Although he showed an inclination for Classics, in the end he studied Medicine at the Sorbonne. At the age of 26, he married an Anglo-Indian girl, daughter of a physician, but they had no children.
By 1843 Bennet was a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology. He was co-founder of The English Medical Society of Paris ("Société médicale anglaise de Paris"), had opened a practice in London, and contributed articles to numerous medical journals, while at the same time pursuing his interest in botany. As his health became fragile, he sought a warmer climate, and in 1859 decided to settle at Menton in Provence. For many years Bennet practised his profession in England in summer and in the South of France in winter. A tireless man, throughout his career he also wrote numerous works on the climate of various regions of the Mediterranean and on thoracic pathology, as well as articles in his own field. In 1878 he stopped practising in England, although still staying there during the summer, but continued to practise in Menton in winter. This work was reprinted many times. Bennet’s last work was published in 1880.
Written by Ioli Vingopoulou