Lives of the fellows

Browne Langrish

b.? d.12 November 1759
MD Ex LRCP(1734) FRS(1734)

Browne Langrish, M.D.—Of the birthplace, parentage, or education of this excellent practical physician, I can recover no particulars. He was certainly practising as a surgeon at Petersfield, in Hampshire, in 1733, when his Essay on Muscular Motion was published. He was still there on the 25th July, 1734, when he was admitted an Extra-Licentiate of the College of Physicians, and began to practise as a physician. He subsequently removed from Petersfield to Winchester or Basingstoke (I am not sure which), and died at the last-named town 12th November, 1759. Dr. Langrish was elected a fellow of the Royal Society 16th May, 1734. From his own original experiments detailed in one of the works mentioned below, with the Aqua Lauro-Cerasi he saw reason to infer that it might be beneficial in the treatment of disease. He may, therefore, be credited with having in reality suggested the employment of prussic acid as a remedy. He was the author of—
A New Essay on Muscular Motion, founded on Experiments, Observations, and the Newtonian Philosophy. 8vo. Lond. 1733.
The Modern Theory and Practice of Physick, wherein the antecedent Causes of Diseases; the rise of the most Usual Symptoms incident to them; and the true Methods of Cure are explained. 8vo. Lond. 1735.
Physical Experiments upon Brutes to discover a Method of dissolving Stone in the Bladder by Injections; to which is added a Course of Experiments with the Lauro-Cerasus; on Fumes of Sulphur, &c. 8vo. Lond. 1746.
Plain Directions in regard to the Small Pox. 4to. Lond. 1758.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 130)

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