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Ryan, (Michael) Desmond Henry (1816–1868), drama and music critic, was born at Kilkenny, Ireland, on 3 March 1816, the son of Michael Ryan (1784–1831), a well-known physician [see under Ryan, Michael (1800–1840)]. He studied medicine at Edinburgh University from early in 1832, but had to leave when he found he could not cope with activities in the dissecting room. In 1836 he went to ...