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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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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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J. F. Payne

revised by Anita McConnell

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 ...

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Boulton, Richard (bap. 1674, d. c. 1724), medical writer, the son of Ralph Boulton, of Chester, and Agnes Brown, was baptized at Ince, Wigan, Lancashire, on 3 December 1674. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, on 29 November 1697. Boulton was already well versed in medical texts, publishing ...

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Boulton, Samuel (fl. 1656), medical writer, about whom virtually nothing is known, published a work entitled Medicina magica tamen physica: magical, but natural physick, or, A methodical tractate of diastastical physick, at London, in 1656. The work was re-issued in 1665. Since he is designated on the title page as '...

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Brockman [née Bunce], Ann, Lady Brockman (d. 1660), writer on medicine, was the daughter of Simon Bunce of Linstead and Dorothy, daughter of William Grimsdiche. Her date of birth is unknown, as are details of her early life. She married Sir William Brockman...

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John Bulwer (bap. 1606, d. 1656) by T. Berry, pubd 1820 (after William Faithorne the elder) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bulwer, John (bap. 1606, d. 1656), medical practitioner and writer on deafness and on gesture, was the second and only surviving son of Thomas Bulwer (d. 1649), a London apothecary, and Marie (d. 1638), daughter of George Evanes of St Albans, Hertfordshire...

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W. A. Greenhill

revised by Claire E. J. Herrick

Cheyne, John (1777–1836), medical writer, was born on 3 February 1777 at Leith, near Edinburgh, the son of John Cheyne, surgeon, and Margaret, daughter of William Edmonston, also a surgeon. He was related to the physician George Cheyne. John Cheyne was educated at ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by Jeffrey S. Reznick

Chisholm, Colin (1754/5–1825), surgeon and medical writer, was the eldest son of William Chisholm (1717–1807) of Buntait, Inverness-shire, surgeon, provost of Inverness, and his first wife, Janet Mackintosh, daughter of John Mackintosh of Kyllachy. His parents married at Inverness on 11 December 1746. ...

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Clarke, James Fernandez (bap. 1812, d. 1875), medical writer, the son of Elizabeth and John Clarke, was born at Olney, Buckinghamshire, and baptized on 5 April 1812 at North Crawley, in the same county. He had at least two brothers, one of whom became a surgeon in ...

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Clater, Francis (bap. 1754?, d. 1823), farrier and veterinary writer, may have been the son of John and Mary Claytor who was baptized at St Peter's, Nottingham, on 14 April 1754. He described himself in the preface to his first work as 'having served a regular apprenticeship and nearly one year a journeyman to the late ...

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Clegg, Hugh Anthony (1900–1983), journal editor, was born on 19 June 1900 at St Ives, Huntingdonshire, the third in the family of four sons and three daughters of the Revd John Clegg, headmaster of the local grammar school, and his wife, Gertrude, daughter of ...

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G. C. Boase

revised by J. M. T. Ford

Clutterbuck, Henry (1767–1856), physician and medical writer, was born at Marazion, Cornwall, on 28 January 1767, the fifth child of Thomas Clutterbuck (1728–1781), a solicitor, and his wife, Mary, daughter of Christopher Masterman, a merchant of Truro. After attending the local grammar school ...

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Henry Clutterbuck (1767–1856) by John Cochran, pubd 1840 (after Henry Room) © National Portrait Gallery, London