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Heberden was born a year before Cadogan, and, like him, made a definite and lasting impression on the medical thought and practice of his time. He was a native of London and was educated at the grammar school in Saint Saviour's Churchyard, Southward, from which he transferred to St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1724, as the Roll of the Royal College of Physicians states, "at an unusually early age." He was elected a fellow in 1730, and received the A.B. degree in 1728, A.M. in 1732 and M.D. in 1739. For some years he practiced medicine in Cambridge, where for ten years he read an annual course of lectures on materia medica. His collection of specimens, which he used to illustrate his lectures, was presented to the university in 1750. He was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1746, a member of the Royal Society in
RUHRÄH J. WILLIAM HEBERDEN, THE ELDER: 1710-1801. Am J Dis Child. 1930;40(3):619–623. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archpedi.1930.01940030157017
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