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Banting, Sir Frederick Grant (1891–1941), physician and medical researcher, was born near the town of Alliston, Ontario, Canada, on 14 November 1891, the fourth son and fifth and youngest child of William Thompson Banting (1849–1929), a farmer of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Paul Bruce Beeson (1908–2006) by unknown photographer © reserved; by kind permission of the Yale school of medicine

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Beeson, Paul Bruce (1908–2006), physician, was born at 112 South Sixth Street, Livingston, Montana, USA, on 18 October 1908, the second son of John Bradley Beeson (1872–1969), surgeon and general practitioner, and his wife, Martha Gerard, née Ash (1878–1969), schoolteacher, and daughter of ...

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Brocklesby, Richard (1722–1797), physician, was the only son of Richard Brocklesby (d. c.1763), of Cork, and his wife, Mary Alloway, of Minehead, Somerset, in which town Brocklesby was born on 11 August 1722. He received his early education in his father's house and, as both parents were Quakers, he was sent at the age of twelve to a Quaker school at ...

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Alexander Comfort (1920–2000) by Dellenback, 1961 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Comfort, Alexander [Alex] (1920–2000), physician and writer, was born on 10 February 1920 at 21 Palmerston Crescent, Edmonton, Middlesex, the only son of Alexander Charles Comfort (1882/3–1975), an education officer for the London county council, and his wife, Daisy Elizabeth, née Fenner (...

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Sir (William) Richard Shaboe Doll (1912–2005) by Michael Crabtree, 2004 © Troika Photos

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Doll, Sir (William) Richard Shaboe (1912–2005), physician and epidemiologist, was born at 15 Park Road, Hampton Hill, Middlesex, on 28 October 1912, the elder son of Henry William Doll, physician and surgeon, and his wife, Amy Kathleen, née Shaboe, concert pianist. He was educated at ...

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Elliotson, John (1791–1868), physician and mesmerist, was born on 24 October 1791 in Southwark, London, the son of John Elliotson, a prosperous apothecary and chemist, and his wife, Elizabeth. He was educated privately and (from 1805) at Edinburgh University, where he received the degree of MD in 1810; he became LRCP (...

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John Elliotson (1791–1868) by James Ramsay, 1836 by permission of the Royal College of Physicians, London

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Sir George Edward Godber (1908–2009) by Nick Sinclair, 1994 © Nick Sinclair, commissioned by the BMJ

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Godber, Sir George Edward (1908–2009), physician, was born on 4 August 1908 at 18 Bedford Road, Kempston, Bedfordshire, the eldest son in the family of seven children of Isaac Godber (1874–1957), market gardener, and his wife, Bessie Maud, née Chapman (1883/4–1957), florist. A younger brother, ...

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Granville, Augustus Bozzi (1783–1872), physician and Italian patriot, was born in Milan on 7 October 1783, the third son of Carlo Bozzi (1742/3–1826), postmaster-general of the Lombardo-Venetian kingdom, and his wife, Maria Antonietta Rapazzini. His father's family was connected to the Bonapartes in ...

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Sir Harold Percival Himsworth (1905–1993) by Elliott & Fry, 1953 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Himsworth, Sir Harold Percival (1905–1993), physician, was born on 19 May 1905 in Huddersfield, the son of (Joseph) Arnold Himsworth (d. c.1959), a businessman, and his wife, Amy Eliza, née Barraclough (c.1880–1962). Harry, as he was always called, had a struggle to get a good education, but from ...

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Hoffenberg, Sir Raymond [Bill] (1923–2007), physician, was born at Brema, a house near Fort Frederick in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on 6 March 1923, the third child and only son of Benjamin Hoffenberg, produce merchant, born in Germany of Jewish parents, and his wife, ...

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Horder, John Plaistowe (1919–2012), general practitioner, was born at 55 Culmington Road, Ealing, London, on 9 December 1919, the son of Gerald Morley Horder (1877–1939) and his wife, Emma Ruth, née Plaistowe (1877–1973). He was brought up first in Ealing Green and later at ...

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William Hunter (1718–1783) by Allan Ramsay, c. 1764 © Hunterian Art Gallery, University of Glasgow

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Hunter, William (1718–1783), physician, anatomist, and man-midwife, was born on 23 May 1718 at Long Calderwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, the seventh of ten children of John Hunter (d. 1741), farmer, and Agnes (d. 1751), a woman of wide education, daughter of ...

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Hurst [formerly Hertz], Sir Arthur Frederick (1879–1944), physician, was born at 3 Oak Mount, Manningham, Bradford, on 23 July 1879, the third son of William Martin Hertz, wool merchant, and his wife, Fanny Mary, daughter of Julius Baruch Halle, merchant, of Clapham Park, London...