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Arthur, John William (1881–1952), missionary and physician, was born on 23 April 1881 in Glasgow, son of John William Arthur (1848–1921), a calico printer, and Margaret Dennistoun Sloan (1846–1917), daughter of David Sloan, a Glasgow businessman. He grew up in an atmosphere of warm evangelical piety. Already at the age of twelve he determined to be a missionary and chose to study medicine with that in mind. ...

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Arundell, John (c. 1400–1477), physician and bishop of Chichester, was a Cornishman, almost certainly of the Lanherne branch of the family, whose arms he bore. The likelihood is that he was the son of Sir John Arundell (d. 1433), landowner, and his wife, ...

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Asher, Asher (1837–1889), physician and community worker, was born on 16 February 1837 in Glasgow, the first son of Philip Asher, son of Rabbi Zev Wolf of Lublin, and his wife, Hannah, a native of the Netherlands. From an early age he was an assiduous scholar of Jewish and secular subjects, winning prizes at ...

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Avery, Benjamin (bap. 1684?, d. 1764), Presbyterian minister and physician, was probably the son of Timothy Avery (d. 1721) and Elizabeth Avery baptized at Newbury, Berkshire, on 1 December 1684. Little is known of his early life or education. James Odgers conjectures that ...

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Barton, John (fl. 1417), physician and alleged heretic, was the subject of a testimonial issued at Reading on 11 May 1417 by Archbishop Chichele, stating that John Barton, described as a doctor of the city of London, had purged himself in a provincial council held at ...

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Bomelius, Eliseus (d. 1579), physician and astrologer, born in Wesel, Westphalia, was probably the son of Henry Bomelius (d. 1570), a native of Bommel (now Zaltbommel) in the Netherlands, who from 1540 to 1559 was Lutheran preacher at Wesel, and the author of several religious and historical books of wide repute. The ...

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Bull, Henry (d. 1577), theological writer and physician, was born in Warwickshire. In 1537 he entered Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was admitted BA in June 1539 and became a fellow the following year. His colleagues included John Foxe, Robert Crowley, and Thomas Cooper...

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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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Capel, Richard (1586–1656), Church of England clergyman and physician, was born in Gloucester, a younger son of Christopher Capel, a godly alderman of the city whose family came from Herefordshire, and his wife, Grace, daughter of Richard Hands. He matriculated from St Alban Hall, Oxford...

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Chambre, John (1470–1549), physician and cleric, was born in Northumberland. He studied at Oxford, where he was elected fellow of Merton College in 1492, and, after taking orders, became rector of Tichmarsh in Northamptonshire. Having obtained his MA, he visited Italy and studied medicine there, graduating at ...

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Church, John Edward [Joe] (1899–1989), missionary and physician, was born on 10 August 1899, at the rectory, Borough Green, Cambridgeshire, one of three sons of Canon Edward Joseph Church, rector of Borough Green, and his wife, Florence Edith Badger (d. 1944). He served as second lieutenant in the ...

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Clegg, James (1679–1755), Presbyterian minister and physician, was born on 20 October 1679 in Shawfield, near Rochdale, Lancashire, the son of James Clegg (1655–1737), clothier, and his wife, Ann Livesay (1654/5–1730), the daughter of a dissenter of Berkle, Lancashire. In his autobiography Clegg...

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Cook, Sir Albert Ruskin (1870–1951), physician and missionary, was born on 2 March 1870 in the London suburb of Hampstead, the twelfth of thirteen children of William Henry Cook (1825–1882), a family physician who practised in Tunbridge Wells and then in London, and his wife, ...

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Coward, William (b. 1656/7, d. in or before 1725), physician and theological writer, was born at Winchester, Hampshire, the son of William Coward. His mother was the daughter of George Lamphire, an apothecary in Winchester, and sister of John Lamphire, an eminent physician at ...

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Culpeper, Nicholas (1616–1654), physician and astrologer, the son of Nicholas Culpeper and his wife, Mary Attersole, was born a little after noon on 18 October 1616, probably at Ockley, Surrey, where he was baptized in St Margaret's Church on 24 October. His father, the rector of ...

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Deacon, Thomas (1697–1753), bishop of the nonjuring Church of England and physician, was born on 2 September 1697 at Stepney, Middlesex, the son of William Deacon (d. 1706), a mariner, and his wife, Cecelia (fl. 1697–1733). Lacking a university education, by early adulthood he had become an accomplished writer and had mastered Greek, Latin, French, and possibly Hebrew. The nonjuror ...

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Delaune, William [formerly Guillaume de Laune] (c. 1530–1611), Reformed minister and physician, was born at ‘Bellenewell’, near Dieppe, but little else is known about his background. In 1582 he said that he was aged fifty-two. He studied medicine for eight years at ...

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Douglas, Thomas (d. c. 1684), ejected minister and physician, is of unknown parentage and background. He graduated MA of the University of Edinburgh on 23 May 1655 and by at least 1661 was the rector of St Olave, Silver Street, London. Douglas wrote several tracts including ...