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May 18, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(7):584-585. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700200106024

Francis Glisson, regius professor of physic at Cambridge University, a founding member of the Royal Society, and president of the Royal College of Physicians of London, was born in Rampisham, Dorsetshire, the second of nine sons of William Glisson. Francis was in no haste to begin higher education and did not enter Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, until the age of 20, several years later than many others of his day. He graduated MD at the age of 37, six years after the publication of William Harvey's exposition on the circulation of blood. Although tardy in acquiring his professional training, he was not indolent, and within two years after graduation was appointed regius professor of medicine. The post was held in absentia, with limited teaching responsibilities, for more than 40 years, concomitant with a practice and a lectureship in London. The reading of anatomy at the College of Physicians in

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