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Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774), poet, dramatist, novelist, and sometime physician, shone neither in society nor in his attempts at medical practice. In 1749 he graduated BA at Trinity College, Dublin, and a little later studied medicine for two winters in Edinburgh, then wandered about Europe in great destitution for two years. There has been much discussion as to whether he obtained a medical degree, in Louvain or Padua for instance. Certainly in 1763, in a legal document, he signed himself "Oliver Goldsmith, M.B." And in February, 1769, Oxford University gave him an ad eundem degree of MB, because, it was stated, he was already a medical graduate of Dublin.
He just could not get the hang of medical practice. For a time he set himself up as a physician in the Southwark borough of London, and it is during this period that he was found holding his hat in his hand
Scarlett EP. The Goldsmith Touch. Arch Intern Med. 1964;114(4):559-560. doi:10.1001/archinte.1964.03860100141021