Lives of the fellows

Robert Pitt

b.? d.13 January 1711-2
AB Oxon(1672) AM(1675) MB(1678) MD(1681) FRS(1682) FRCP(1687)

Robert Pitt, MD, was born at Blandford, in Dorsetshire, and educated at Wadham college, Oxford, of which he became a scholar in 1670, and a fellow in 1674. He proceeded AB 12th October, 1672; AM 4th July, 1675; MB 14th May, 1678; and MD 16th February, 1681. On the 20th December, 1682, Dr Pitt, being then professor of anatomy at Oxford, was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 22nd December, 1684, was created a Fellow by the charter of king James II, and was admitted as such at the Comitia Extraordinaria of 12th April, 1687. Dr Pitt was elected physician to St Bartholomew’s hospital 23rd February, 1697, in place of Dr Bernard, deceased, and himself resigned that office, and was succeeded by Dr Levett, 29th April, 1707. He was Censor in 1687, and 1702, and died 13th January, 1711-2.

He was the author of Crafts and Frauds of Physick Exposed. 8vo. Lond. 1702. To the third edition of this work was added a new preface, explaining to the meanest capacities the controversy between the Physicians of the Dispensary and the Quacks, supported by their physicians and others who fence under them. Sm. 8vo. Lond. 1703.
The Antidote; or the Preservative of Health and Life, and the Restorative of Physick to its Sincerity and Perfection. 8vo. Lond. 1704.
The Frauds and Villanies of the common Practice of Physic demonstrated to be curable by the College Dispensary. 8vo. Lond. 1705.

William Munk

(Volume I, page 445)

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