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Sims, John (1749–1831), physician and botanist, was the son of Robert Courthope Sims, a member of the Society of Friends, who for sixty years practised as a physician at Dunmow, Essex, and was the author of An Essay on the Nature and Constitution of Man...


Woodville, William (1752–1805), physician and botanist, was born at Cockermouth in Cumberland, the fourth of the six children of William Woodville (1714–1758), and Jane Fearon (1723–1804). He came from a family of well-to-do Quakers, and was initially educated at a local grammar school. He began his medical training in 1767 with a short apprenticeship to ...