Lives of the fellows

Thomas Dawson

b.? d.29 April 1782
MD Glasgow(1753) LRCP(1762)

Thomas Dawson, M.D., was the son of Eli Dawson, who was the youngest son of the Rev. Joseph Dawson, of Thornton, co. York, ejected under the Act of Uniformity in 1662. He was educated as a dissenting minister, and for some time performed the duties of that office at a meeting-house in the Gravel Pit at Hackney. Devoting himself, however, to the study of physic, he graduated doctor of medicine at Glasgow 8th June, 1753 (D.M.I. de Aquis Mineralibus Medicatis); and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1762. In his new capacity of physician, he was called to attend Miss Corbett, of Hackney. He found the lady one day sitting alone, piously and pensively musing upon the Bible, when by some strange accident his eyes were directed to the passage where Nathan says to David, "Thou art the man." The doctor profited by the kind hint, and after a proper time allowed for drawing up articles of capitulation, the lady surrendered, and they were married 29th May, 1758. (1) Dr. Dawson was elected physician to the Middlesex hospital 1st February, 1759, but resigned his office there 3rd February, 1761. He was elected physician to the London hospital 3rd October, 1764, and resigned that appointment 5th September, 1770. Dr. Dawson, who died 29th April, 1782, was the author of—
Cases in the Acute Rheumatism and the Gout. 8vo. Lond. 1774.
An Account of a safe and efficient Remedy for Sore Eyes and Eyelids. 8vo. Lond. 1782.

William Munk

[(1) Nichol’s Literary Anecdotes, vol. ix, p. 694]

(Volume II, page 240)

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