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Pediatric Biographies
August 1928

THOMAS PHAER 1510?-1560

Am J Dis Child. 1928;36(2):367-369. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1928.01920260175014

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One of the most interesting of the early English worthies was Thomas Phaer, physician, philosopher, poet and lawyer. In spite of the fact that he was not one of the intellectual giants of his day, he nevertheless had a place in law, literature and medicine. He was born in London, studied at Oxford and later in Lincoln's Inn. He first turned his hand to the law and wrote two practical books on the subject tending to popularize legal methods. This led to his appointment as a solicitor in the court of the Welsh Marches, and he settled at a house in Kilgerran Forest in Pembrokeshire, where he died in 1560. He gave his title as "Solicitor to Queen Mary, justice of the peace and custos rotulorum for the county of Pembroke." He had evidently practiced medicine as well, but did not obtain his degree until 1559, when he received his

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