Lives of the fellows

Thomas Healde

b.? d.26 March 1789
MB Cantab(1749) MD(1754) FRCP(1960) FRS(1770)

Thomas Healde, M.D., was of Trinity college, Cambridge, and as a member of that house proceeded M.B. 1749; M.D. 1754. He settled first in the small town of Witham, in Essex; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1759; and a Fellow, 22nd December, 1760. He delivered the Gulstonian lectures, in 1763, and the Harveian oration in 1765. In 1767 Dr. Healde left Witham, and removed to London; he was Censor 1769, 1771; Croonian lecturer, 1770, 1784, 1785, and 1786; and was appointed Lumleian lecturer 22nd December, 1786, an office he continued to hold till his death. He was elected physician to the London hospital 20th June, 1770; a fellow of the Royal Society 28th June, 1770; and about the same time was appointed Gresham professor of physic. He died the 26th March, 1789, in very reduced circumstances, leaving his widow and family in the greatest destitution. At the Comitia Majora of 25th June, 1789, 100l. Was voted as "a bounty granted by the College to the widow and family of Dr. Healde." Mrs. Healde became a pensioner on the Society for the relief of the widows and orphans of medical men, and thenceforward for many years acted in the capacity of midwife. Dr. Healde was the author of two papers on "The Use of Oleum Asphalti," 8vo. Lond. 1769; and of the "New Pharmacopoeia of the Royal College of Physicians, translated, &c." 8vo. Lond. 1788.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 231)

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