b.1802-3 d.10 March 1846
MB Cantab(1824) MD(1829) FRCP(1831)
The son of Joseph Pinckard, a farmer, Richard Pinckard was born at Winkleigh in Devon and educated at Tiverton and Cambridge. Going up to Caius College in 1819, he won a scholarship, held the Tancred studentship in physic and made the Commemorative Speech in 1826. He took the degree of M.B. in 1824 and that of M.D. in 1829 and completed his training with visits to the London, Edinburgh and Paris medical schools. During the severe cholera epidemic of 1832 he acted as physician to a temporary hospital in Bloomsbury, and in 1835 he was elected physician to the Bloomsbury Dispensary. He enjoyed a successful practice in the same neighbourhood until ill health forced him to retire in 1845. He was a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians in 1833. According to J. F. Clarke, a member of the Lancet's editorial staff, Pinckard, a great believer in the efficacy of drugs, was "a tall, big man, with a common-sense expression of face, which at once inspired the patient with confidence in him". He died in Bloomsbury.
G H Brown
[Medical Directory, 1847, 180 (Obit.); J. F. Clarke, Autobiographical Recollections of the Medical Profession, 1874, 120; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 173]
(Volume IV, page 5)
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