Lives of the fellows

George How

b.1655 d.22 March 1710
MA MD Leyden LRCP(1679) FRCP(1687)

George How, MD, was born in Scotland, and on the 8th September, 1677, being then twenty-two years of age, and a master of arts, but of what university is not stated, was entered on the physic line at Leyden, where he graduated doctor of medicine, and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1679. He was created a Fellow by the charter of king James II, and as such was admitted 12th April, 1687. Dr How was Censor in 1707. He died 22nd March, 1710, as we learn from the following memorandum in the Annals: “This day (22nd March, 1709-10) Dr George How, Fellow of the College, and an industrious and eminent practiser of physic, died suddenly, walking in the Poultry.” He was the Querpo of Garth’s “Dispensary,” and is thus described:-
To the design shrill Querpo did agree,
A zealous member of the faculty.
His sire’s pretended pious steps he treads,
And where the doctor fails the saint succeeds.
A conventicler flesh’d his greener years,
And his full age the righteous rancour shares.
Thus boys hatch game eggs under birds of prey.
To make the fowl more furious for the fray.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 453)

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