April 5, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(1):56-57. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080140062020

John Huxham, born at Totnes, Devonshire, was orphaned early in life and, being entrusted to a nonconformist minister as guardian, he was sent to the dissenting Academy at Exeter.1 At the age of 17 he entered Leyden to study under Boerhaave, but his inconsiderable inheritance was exhausted before the required three years of study, and he turned to Rheims where he graduated MD in 1717. The practice of medicine was begun in his birth town, but Plymouth offered greater opportunities and it was here that he developed an enviable practice and achieved great fame. Initially, however, Huxham's practice among the dissenters failed to approach in size the measure of his talents, and it proved to his advantage to accept the Church of England. His public bearing, if ostentatious, professed great dignity; he wore a gold-headed cane and was accompanied by a servant when visiting the sick. However, his intellectual

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