David Bridge Lees was born in Manchester, England, in 1846 and was educated at Owens College in Manchester and Trinity College at Cambridge. He studied medicine at Guy's Hospital and did some postgraduate work in Vienna. He was a brilliant student at Trinity; he graduated in mathematics at 20 as second Wrangler and in addition took first prize in Greek and divinity. After studying at Guy's Hospital, he qualified as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and took his medical degree at Cambridge in 1874. He spent a short time in educational work at Owens College but in 1875 he became a member of the Royal College of Physicians and in 1876 he secured the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Cambridge. In 1879 he was assistant physician at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, and in 1880 he was made assistant physician to St. Mary's
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