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Birkbeck, George (1776–1841), physician and educationist, was born in Settle, Yorkshire, on 10 January 1776, the second son in the family of four sons and one daughter of William Birkbeck (1745–1805), a Quaker merchant, manufacturer, and banker, and his wife, Sarah (1750–1790), daughter of ...

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Bradley, Thomas (1751?–1813), physician, was a native of Worcestershire, where for some time he ran a school. He was recognized as being a skilled mathematician and was a member of the Society of Friends. About 1786 he gave up teaching and, deciding on a career in medicine, went to ...

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Brain, Walter Russell, first Baron Brain (1895–1966), physician and medical administrator, was born at Clovelly, Denmark Road, Reading, on 23 October 1895, the only son and elder child of Walter John Brain, solicitor, and his wife, Edith Alice, daughter of Charles Smith, architect. At ...

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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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G. T. Bettany

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Brown, Joseph (1784–1868), physician, was born at North Shields in September 1784, the son of a respected member of the Society of Friends. He studied medicine at Edinburgh and also in London, and though brought up as a Quaker he entered the Army Medical Service...

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T. E. Kebbel

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Dimsdale, Thomas (1712–1800), physician, was born on 29 May 1712 in Theydon Garnon, Essex, the fourth son and one of the eight children of John Dimsdale, of Theydon Garnon, a surgeon and a member of the Religious Society of Friends. The family held property in ...

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Thomas Dimsdale (1712–1800) attrib. Nathaniel Plimer, 1780s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Faber, Albert Otto (1612–1684), chemical physician, was born in Lübeck, north Germany, the son of Gallus (or Walter) Faber, a government official. He was educated at the University of Marburg, where he studied jurisprudence and gained a doctorate. Thereafter he practised medicine, at first in ...

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Fothergill, John (1712–1780), physician and naturalist, was born on 8 March 1712 at Carr End, a moorland farm near Bainbridge, Wensleydale, Yorkshire, the third son of eight children of John Fothergill (1676–1745), Quaker preacher and farmer, and his first wife, Margaret Hough (1677–1719)...

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John Fothergill (1712–1780) by Valentine Green, pubd 1781 (after Gilbert Stuart, 1781) Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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G. T. Bettany

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Fox, Wilson (1831–1887), physician, the son of Charles Fox, a manufacturer, of a well-known Quaker family, was born at Wellington, Somerset, on 2 November 1831. He was educated at Bruce Castle, Tottenham, and University College, London, and graduated BA in 1850, MB in 1854, and MD in 1855. After a year spent as house physician at the ...

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Hancock, Thomas (1783–1849), physician, was born on 26 March 1783 in Lisburn, co. Antrim, the son of Quaker parents, Jacob Hancock and his wife, Elizabeth, née Phelps. He was sent to the Quaker school in Ackworth, Yorkshire, after which his medical education began with an apprenticeship to a surgeon-apothecary in ...

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Heaf, Frederick Rowland George [formerly Fritz Rudolf Georg Hief] (1894–1973), physician, was born on 21 June 1894 at Desborough, Northamptonshire, the son of Julius Rudolf Hief (1860–1941), watchmaker and maker of scientific instruments, who had emigrated to England from Germany in 1881, and married ...

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Helmont, Franciscus Mercurius van, baron of Helmont and Merode in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1614–1698), physician and cabbalist, was born on 20 October 1614 at a house in the rue de Louvain, Vilvorde, near Brussels, the only surviving son of ...

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Hillary, William (1697–1763), physician, was born at Birkrigg, an isolated farmhouse near Hawes in Upper Wensleydale, Yorkshire, on 17 March 1697. He was the second son of John Hillary and his wife, Mary Robinson, Quakers who belonged to an influential group of Friends in ...

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Thomas Hodgkin (1798–1866) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Hodgkin, Thomas (1798–1866), physician and social reformer, was born on 17 August 1798 in Pentonville, London, the third of the four sons (two died young) of John Hodgkin (1766–1845), calligrapher and teacher, and his wife, Elizabeth (1768–1833), daughter of Richard Peters Rickman and his wife, ...

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John Coakley Lettsom (1744–1815) by T. R. Poole, 1809 by permission of the Royal College of Physicians, London

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Lettsom, John Coakley (1744–1815), physician and philanthropist, was born on 22 November 1744 at Little Vandyke, one of the Virgin Islands, West Indies, the son of Edward Lettsom, plantation owner, and his wife, Mary née Coakley. The Lettsoms were a Quaker family, originally from ...

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Lower, Thomas (bap. 1633, d. 1720), Quaker activist and physician, was baptized at St Tudy, Cornwall, on 11 August 1633. He was the son of Humfry Lower of Tremeer, St Tudy (bap. 1597, d. 1683), and his wife, Margery Billing (d...