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Salmon, Williamlocked

(1644–1713)
  • Philip K. Wilson

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Salmon, William (1644–1713), medical empiric and author, was born on 2 June 1644. Contemporaries claimed that as a boy Salmon was apprenticed to a mountebank, whom he served as a 'wachum' or 'zany', and amused audiences by 'tumbling through a hoop' or with 'tricks of legerdemain and slight of hand'; he also 'made speeches and wrote Panygyricks in praise of his master's Panaceas. He wrote Almanacks to direct the taking of his medicines, and made the stars vouch for their virtue' (...

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British Medical Journal
, 63 vols. (1885–1900), suppl., 3 vols. (1901); repr. in 22 vols. (1908–9); 10 further suppls. (1912–96); (1993)