Lives of the fellows

Samuel Ferris

b.? d.18 September 1831
MD Edin(1784) LRCP(1785) FRS(1797)

Samuel Ferris, M.D., was born in Wiltshire, and began the study of medicine by an apprenticeship to a surgeon-apothecary in Hertfordshire; after which he came to London, and attended the lectures of Dr. William Hunter. He completed his studies at Edinburgh, where he obtained a prize medal in 1784, for an experimental examination of the properties of milk. He took his degree of doctor of medicine 13th September, 1784 (D.M.I. de Sanguinis per Corpus Vivum circulantis Putredine); was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1785, and then went to reside at Missenden in Buckinghamshire, but soon removed to London, where he remained for some years. He was admitted a fellow of the Royal Society in April, 1797. In the beginning of 1800 he was compelled by an increasing asthma to leave town. Returning to Buckinghamshire, he took up his residence at Beaconsfield, where he practised with great success, and was appointed a magistrate of the county. Dr. Ferris died at Exmouth, Devon, 18th September, 1831. He was a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, and the author of—
A Dissertation on Milk, in which an attempt is made to ascertain its Natural Use, and explain its Effects in the Cure of Various Diseases. 8vo. Lond. 1785.
A General View of the establishment of Physic as a Science in England by the incorporation of the College of Physicians of London. 8vo. Lond. 1795.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 358)

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