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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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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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Dunglison, Robley (1798–1869), physician and medical writer, was born on 4 January 1798, at Keswick in Cumberland, the son of William Dunglison, who was possibly engaged in woollen manufacture, and his wife, Elizabeth Jackson (d. 1854). He attended Green Row Academy at ...

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Dunstan, Gordon Reginald (1917–2004), Church of England clergyman, theologian, and writer on medical ethics, was born on 25 April 1917 at 79 Beaumont Street, Stoke, Plymouth, the son of Frederick John Menhenett Dunstan, an engineer's draftsman at the city's naval dockyard, and his wife, ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Glass, Thomas (1709–1786), physician and medical writer, was born on 14 May 1709 in Tiverton, second of the nine children of Michael Glass, dyer, of Tiverton, Devon, and Elizabeth, daughter of John Handford. He was educated first at Tiverton by Revd John Moore...

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Thomas Glass (1709–1786) by John Opie, c. 1780–83 courtesy of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust; photograph: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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See Holland [Holand], John

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G. T. Bettany

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Hooper, Robert (1773–1835), physician and medical writer, son of John Hooper of Marylebone, was born in London and educated by Dr William Rutherford of the academy at Uxbridge. After a course of medical study in London Hooper was appointed apothecary to the Marylebone workhouse infirmary...

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Kennedy, James (1784/5–1851), medical bibliographer, was the son of Captain John Kennedy. He was born in Scotland and spent his childhood at Tillyrie, near Kinross. He became librarian to the Glasgow Public Library (a subscription library) and was presumably responsible for the catalogue printed in 1810, which displays his lifelong tendency to over-elaboration. He celebrated his native region in ...

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See Keogh, John

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C. F. R. Palmer

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Palmer, Shirley (1786–1852), physician and medical writer, was born on 27 August 1786 at Coleshill, Warwickshire, the son of Edward Palmer, solicitor, and his second wife, Benedicta Mears. Educated at Coleshill grammar school and Harrow School, Palmer was by 1804 a pupil of ...

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D'A. Power

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Penrose, Francis (1718–1798), medical writer, was a surgeon who practised for many years at Bicester, Oxfordshire. He bought property in the nearby village of Chesterton, and later bought Chesterton Lodge, which he greatly improved. The estate was sold after his death. Penrose was chiefly remembered in the area for his attempt to investigate the ruins of ...

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Perry, Charles (d. 1780), traveller and medical writer, studied medicine at Leiden and graduated from Utrecht on 5 February 1723. Between 1739 and 1742 he travelled in France and Italy, and in the Middle East he visited Constantinople, Egypt, Palestine, and Greece. On his return he published a ...

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Rumsey, Henry Wyldbore (1809–1876), medical practitioner and writer on sanitary reform, was born on 3 July 1809 in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, the eldest of five children of Henry Nathaniel Rumsey, surgeon, and his wife, Elizabeth Frances Catherine, daughter of Sir Robert Murray. Rumsey's early education was conducted by various tutors. At the age of sixteen he began formal medical studies with ...

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Spurgin, John (1796–1866), physician and medical writer, was born at Orplands, Bradwell, Essex, where he was baptized on 6 October 1796, the son of William Spurgin, farmer, and his wife, Mary, formerly Payne. He was educated at Chelmsford grammar school (1804–13), then at ...

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Venner, Tobias (1577–1660), physician and medical writer, was born near North Petherton, Somerset. Details of his early life and family are obscure, but at the age of eighteen he became an undergraduate at St Alban's Hall, Oxford, where he graduated BA on 1 February 1599. ...

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Wakley, Thomas Henry (1821–1907), journal editor and surgeon, eldest of the three sons of Thomas Wakley (1795–1862) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Goodchild (d. 1857), was born in London on 21 March 1821. He never used his second Christian name, partly, it is said, out of reverence for his father, who was proprietor of the medical journal ...

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Williams, Sir Dawson (1854–1928), medical editor, was born on 17 July 1854 at Ulleskelf in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the eldest of the seven children of John Mack Williams, rector of Burnby, and his wife, Ellen, daughter of Nicolas Monsarrat, who was of Spanish and Huguenot descent. He was educated at ...

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Wolley [other married name Challiner], Hannah (b. 1622?, d. in or after 1674), author of works on cookery, medicine, and household affairs, never mentions her father in her writings, and his name is unknown. Her mother and elder sisters 'were very well skilled in Physick and Chirurgery', and she learned a little about medical practice from them, and more under the patronage of a noblewoman, almost certainly ...