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Pediatric Biographies
January 1934

JOHN CLARKE 1761-1815

Am J Dis Child. 1934;47(1):184-186. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1934.01960080193012

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John Clarke, son of a surgeon of the same name, was born at Wellingsborough, Northamptonshire, England, in 1761. At 11 years of age he was sent to St. Paul's school. He attended lectures by the two Hunters and George Fordyce and was a student at St. George's Hospital. The barbers had by that time been separated from the surgeons, and he joined the corporation of surgeons, as the body had not yet reached the dignity of a college. He began practice in Chancery Lane and also to lecture on midwifery in the private medical school of William Hunter. In 1787 he received a license in midwifery from the College of Physicians and removed to the west end. He received a degree from some Scotch University about 1791. He lectured on midwifery at St. Bartholomew's Hospital and was one of the best known practitioners of obstetrics in London, but later gave

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