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Bald (fl. c. 900), supposed physician and medical writer, was the owner and probable author of a work titled Læceboc (leechbook), a compilation in Old English of medical recipes and treatments. All that is known of Bald is to be found in the Latin verse colophon to the ...

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Ballin, Ada Sarah (1862–1906), magazine editor and proprietor, and writer on health, was born on 4 May 1862 at 47 Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London, first of the three children of Isaac Ballin (c.1811–1897), merchant, and his wife, Annie, née Moss. She was brought up in a Jewish home and educated privately before attending ...

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Sir George Ballingall (1780–1855) by unknown engraver Wellcome Library, London

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Ballingall, Sir George (1780–1855), military surgeon and medical writer, was born on 2 May 1780 at Forglen, Banffshire, the son of the Revd Robert Ballingall, and his wife, a daughter of J. Simson of Edinshead. His education began at the Falkland parish school...

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Baly, Monica Eileen (1914–1998), nurse and historian of nursing, was born on 24 May 1914 at 23 Shirley Park Road, Shirley, near Croydon, Surrey, the first of the two children, and the only daughter, of Albert Frank Baly (d. 1953), a clerk with ...

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Monica Eileen Baly (1914–1998) by unknown photographer [detail] © reserved / News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barclay, William (b. c. 1570, d. in or after 1627), medical writer and Latin poet, was born at Cullen, Banffshire, one of at least three sons of Walter Barclay (d. 1587), the fiar of Towie, and his wife, Elizabeth, or Elspeth, Hay (...

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Barrow, Philip (d. 1600), medical writer, was the son of John Barrow of Suffolk. He was licensed to practise surgery by the University of Cambridge in 1559, the record of which states that Barrow had studied seven years. Barrow describes himself in his will as a gentleman, originally of ...

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Barry, Edward (1759–1822), religious and medical writer, son of a physician of Bristol, was educated at Bristol School under Mr Lee, and studied medicine at St Andrews University, where he graduated MD. Preferring theology to medicine, he took orders in the Church of England...

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Black, William (1749/50–1829), physician and writer on medicine, was born in Ireland of unknown parentage. He studied medicine, first at Edinburgh, then from 1771 at the University of Leiden, gaining his MD there in 1772 with a dissertation on fevers, dedicated to his fellow students at ...