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Barter, Richard (1802–1870), physician and hydropath, was born at Cooldaniel, co. Cork, Ireland. The death of his father and the formative experience of the local Whiteboy insurrection, during which he 'often joined the peasantry in their midnight scampers through the country' (Recollections of the Late Dr. Barter...

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James Manby Gully (1808–1883) by L. Perini, 1860s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gully, James Manby (1808–1883), physician and hydropath, was born on 14 March 1808 in Kingston, Jamaica, the son of Daniel Gully, a coffee planter of Irish descent. The family moved to Liverpool in 1814, where Gully was sent to study with a Dr Pulford...

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Mahomed, Deen [formerly Deen Mahomet] (1759–1851), shampooing surgeon and restaurateur, was born Deen Mahomet in May 1759, in Patna, Bihar, India, the younger son of an Indian officer in the East India Company's Bengal army. Both parents were Shi'i Muslims claiming descent from ...

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Deen Mahomed (1759–1851) by Thomas Mann Baynes Wellcome Library, London

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Smedley, John (1803–1874), hydropathy practitioner and Free Methodist leader, was born on 12 June 1803 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the eldest son of John Smedley (d. 1840), mill owner, and his wife, Mary. On his mother's side he descended from a long line of ...