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Bretnor, Thomas (1570/71–1618), astrologer and medical practitioner, was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire, and went to London about 1604, settling in the parish of St Sepulchre. Though he appears not to have attended university, he was fluent in Latin, French, and Spanish, and became a well-known figure in Jacobean ...

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

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Butler, Fanny Jane (1850–1889), physician and medical missionary, was born on 5 October 1850 at 6 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, the eighth of the ten children of Thomas Butler (b. 1809), who worked at the British Museum, and his wife, Jane Isabella North...

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Case, John (c. 1660–1700), astrologer and quack, was born at Lyme, Dorset, about 1660, judging from the statement in his book, The wards of the key to Helmont proved unfit for the lock, or, The principles of Mr Wm Bacon examined and refuted...

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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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Christie, Dugald (1855–1936), medical missionary, was born on 11 January 1855 at Kingshouse, Glencoe, Argyll, the ninth and youngest child of Malcolm Christie (d. in or before 1862), sheep farmer and posthouse keeper, and his wife, Janet, née MacCallum (d. in or before 1867)...

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Coelson [Colson], Lancelot (1627–1687?), astrologer and medical practitioner, was born on 25 March 1627 at Colchester. His astrological ‘accidents’ record that he married in 1645 (at the age of eighteen), but his wife's name is unknown. He was wounded fighting in Cromwell's Scottish campaign in 1650. By the mid-1650s he had settled in ...

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Coxe, Francis [Fraunces Cox] (fl. 1560–1575), astrologer and medical practitioner, is known by three ephemeral publications. Nothing is known of his life before his magical practices attracted attention in 1561, when he was summoned before the privy council on a charge of sorcery. He was severely punished and he made a public confession of his 'employment of certayne sinistral and divelysh artes' at the pillory in ...

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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, for denying the divinity of Christ and the doctrine of the Trinity. Three years later ...

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Evans, John (b. 1594/5?, d. in or after 1659), astrologer and medical practitioner, was of Welsh origin. He was well educated and had obtained an MA degree by 1621. He was probably the John Evans of Flint who matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford...

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Faricius (d. 1117), doctor and abbot of Abingdon, was a native of Italy. Born in Arezzo, he became the foremost physician in England, a man of letters, a powerfully effective monastic reformer and administrator, and one of the most highly regarded servants of ...

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Fiske, Nicholas (1579–1659), astrologer and medical practitioner, was born on 22 July 1579 at Stadhaugh, in the parish of Laxfield, Suffolk, the oldest surviving son of Matthew and Elizabeth Fiske and from a long-established landed family. Though well educated, he chose to study astrology and physic at home instead of going to university. He was described as a 'licentiate in physick' and he practised medicine at ...

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Forman, Simon (1552–1611), astrologer and medical practitioner, was born in Quidhampton, Wiltshire, on 31 December 1552, the fifth of the eight children of William Forman (1524–1564) and his wife, Mary (c.1505–1602), daughter of John Ratewe and Marion Hallam. His grandfather Richard Forman...

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Grenfell, Sir Wilfred Thomason (1865–1940), medical missionary and social reformer, was born at Parkgate, Cheshire, on 28 February 1865, the second of the four sons of the Revd Algernon Sidney Grenfell (1836–1887), headmaster and proprietor of Mostyn House School, Parkgate, and later chaplain of the ...

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Sir Wilfred Thomason Grenfell (1865–1940) by Walter Stoneman, 1928 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Herd, John (1511–1584), doctor and Church of England clergyman, was born in February 1511 in Southwark, Surrey. He was educated at Eton College and at King's College, Cambridge, where he was admitted a scholar in 1529 and elected a fellow in 1532; he graduated BA in 1534. He left ...

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Jinner, Sarah (fl. 1658–1664), compiler of almanacs and medical practitioner, has left no trace of her family or background and is known only through the pioneering series of almanacs she published from 1658 to 1664, aimed mainly at women. Her woodcut portrait depicts an elegantly dressed figure, and her style indicates that she was well educated and aiming at a respectable audience. The almanacs are distinctive for their spirited assertion of women's abilities, their frank treatment of female medical problems, and their combative observations on contemporary politics. Acknowledging in her first edition that readers 'may wonder to see one of our Sex in print, especially in the Celestial Sciences' (...