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Beilby, William (1783–1849), obstetric physician, was born at Sheffield on 13 April 1783, the son of Thomas Beilby and his wife, Isabella. In 1807 he entered into a partnership in the linen trade with some relatives in Dublin, but in 1813 he moved to ...

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Brocklehurst, John Charles (1924–2013), geriatrician, was born on 31 May 1924 at 23 Newsham Drive, Liverpool, the son of Harold John Stanley Brocklehurst (1895–1980), electrical engineer and businessman, and his wife, Dorothy, née Harrison (1899–1998), both Baptists, and both from Liverpool. The family moved to ...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Stanley George Browne (1907–1986) by Elliott & Fry, 1956 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Browne, Stanley George (1907–1986), leprologist and medical missionary, was born on 8 December 1907 at 77 Bousefield Road, New Cross, London, the second of the five children of Arthur Browne (1874–1967), Post Office clerk, and his wife, Edith Lillywhite (1887–1927). His formal instruction started when, after much pleading, he entered ...

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R. C. Garry

revised by David F. Smith

Cathcart, Edward Provan (1877–1954), physiologist, was born on 18 July 1877 in Ayr, Scotland, the son of Edward Moore Cathcart (c.1849–c.1886), merchant, and his wife, Margaret Miller. His father died at an early age, leaving the mother with three small children, of whom ...

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Chamberlen, Hugh, the elder (b. 1630x34, d. after 1720), physician and economist, the eldest son of Peter Chamberlen (1601–1683), and his wife, Jane, eldest daughter of Sir Hugh Myddelton, was born in the parish of St Anne, Blackfriars, London, between 1630 and 1634. ...

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Sir Clement Clapton Chesterman (1894–1983) by Elliott & Fry, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Chesterman, Sir Clement Clapton (1894–1983), medical missionary and specialist in tropical diseases, was born on 30 May 1894 at 6 Woodland Place, Bath, the fifth son of William Thomas Chesterman (1856–1923), solicitor, and the second son of his second wife, Elizabeth Clapton (1869–1952)...

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G. T. Bettany

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Chevalier, Thomas (1767–1824), surgeon and writer, was born in London on 3 November 1767. His paternal grandfather was a French protestant, resident at Orléans, who had escaped from France in an open boat on the revocation of the edict of Nantes. On the death of his mother in 1770 ...

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Cox, Joseph Mason (1763–1818), physician and asylum keeper, was born on 31 August 1763 at Bristol, the son of John Cox (d. 1788), a grocer, and Elizabeth Mason. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Mason, was the proprietor of a madhouse at Fishponds, near ...

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Emes, Thomas (d. 1707), medical practitioner and millenarian, is of unknown origin, and details of his early life are obscure; he described himself in 1698 as 'chirurgo-medicus' (Dialogue). In 1694 Emes was expelled from the Baptist church in Cripplegate, London...

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Epps, John (1805–1869), physician and phrenologist, was born at Blackheath, Kent, on 15 February 1805, the son of John Epps, a wealthy pork butcher of Sevenoaks, Kent, and his first wife (d. c.1810). He had two sisters, and George Napoleon Epps (1815–1874)...

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Sir Michael Foster (1836–1907) by John Collier, 1907 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Foster, Sir Michael (1836–1907), physiologist and politician, was born in Huntingdon on 8 March 1836, the eldest child of the three sons and seven daughters of Michael Foster (1810–1880) and his wife, Mercy Cooper. Foster was the descendant of a line of nonconformist farmers in ...

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Fox, Joseph (1775–1816), dental surgeon and philanthropist, the only son of Joseph Fox (1733–1795), dentist, and his wife, Mary (b. 1751, d. before 1795), daughter of the Revd John Rogers, a Baptist minister of Long Lane, Southwark, was born in Crooked Lane, Lombard Street, London...

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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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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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Roger Grant (d. 1724) by unknown engraver Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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G. T. Bettany

revised by Anita McConnell

Grant, Roger (d. 1724), oculist, whose origins are unknown, enlisted as a soldier in the German emperor's service, in which he lost an eye. This misfortune he considered to qualify him to treat others with defective sight. He set up in London as an oculist, in ...