Lives of the fellows

Richard Griffith

b.? d.?
AB Cantab(1657) AM(1660) MD Leyden MD Caen(1664) Hon FRCP(1664) FRCP(1687)

Richard Griffith, MD, was educated at Eton, and chosen thence a fellow of King’s college, Cambridge; “but was entered as a new comer and fellow of University college,” says Wood,(1) “on one and the same day, in the place of Ezra Tongue, anno 1654. Afterwards he took the degrees in arts (AB 7th July, 1657, AM 3rd May, 1660), and intended to be a preacher; but, being not minded to conform, he left the college, applied his mind to physick, and went to Leyden in Holland, where he took the degree of doctor of that faculty.” Our Annals, however, represent him as a doctor of medicine of Caen in Normandy, of 12th June, 1664. He was admitted an Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians in December, 1664; and having been created a Fellow by the charter of king James II, was admitted as such 12th April, 1687. He was Censor in 1688, 1690; and Registrar for the year 1690.

Dr Griffith was the author of a pamphlet entitled,
A la Mode Phlebotomy, no good fashion; or, the copy of a Letter to Dr Hungerford (of Reading), complaining of and instancing in the phantastical behaviour and unfair dealings of some London physicians, when they come to be consulted withal about sick persons living at a distance from them in the country. Whereupon a fit occasion is taken to discourse of the profuse way of Blood-letting, formerly unheard of, though now-a-days so mightily in request in England. 8vo. Lond. 1681.

William Munk

[(1) Fasti Oxon, vol. ii, p.805.]

(Volume I, page 470)

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