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Pediatric Biographies
November 1931

HUGH SMITH 1736?-1789 AND JOHN VAUGHAN 1775-1807

Am J Dis Child. 1931;42(5):1198-1206. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1931.01940180148021

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There were two Hugh Smiths in England in the eighteenth century, both of whom are mentioned in the medical literature. They have been confused by many writers, and the Index Catalogue lists their works together under Hugh Smith 1730-1790, who was the son of a surgeon and apothecary. He was born at Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire and received his M.D. from Edinburgh in 1775. He lived in London and wrote considerably on medical and scientific topics. The other Hugh Smith, 1736?-1789, who wrote the "Letters to Married Women," was graduated from Leyden on Nov. 11, 1755 (Still says St. Andrews), and practiced at Hutton Gardens. He married the daughter of Archibald Maclean, a lady of fortune, who inherited Trevor Park, East Barnet. He died, aged 53, in 1789, and was buried in East Barnet Church.

Smith was not highly regarded by all his medical contemporaries, and his activities were often

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