Lives of the fellows

Meyer Low Schomberg

b.? d.29 June 1792
MD Geissen(171) LRCP(1721/2)

Meyer Low Schomberg, M.D.—" A Jew of Fetzburg, a German," as he is described in the Annals, and a doctor of medicine of Geissen, of 21st December, 1710; was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 19th March, 1721-2. At that time he was in very reduced circumstances; his pecuniary resources were insufficient to meet the fees due on his admission, and the College considerately accepted his bond(1) for payment at a subsequent period. Cultivating an intimacy with the Jews of Duke’s-place, he, by their means, got introduced to the acquaintance of some of the leading men, merchants, and others of their religion, who employed him, and by their interest recommended him to a good practice. He had been librarian to some person of distinction abroad, was a fluent talker, and a man of insinuating address; and as he understood mankind well, he soon found out a method of acquiring popularity, which had never been practised by any of his profession. He took a large house and kept a public table, to which, on a certain day in the week, all the young surgeons were invited and treated with an indiscriminate civility, that had very much the appearance of friendship, but in reality meant nothing more than that they should recommend him to practice. The scheme succeeded: in the year 1740 Schomberg, it is said, had distanced all the city physicians, and was in the receipt of a professional income of four thousand guineas a year. Dr. Schomberg died 4th March, 1761, leaving two sons, who were bred physicians : Isaac, memorable for his contest with the College of Physicians, to be afterwards mentioned ; and Ralph, who practised successively at Yarmouth and Bath. Dr. Ralph Schomberg was a voluminous writer, the author of "Aphorismi Practici," and of the "Abridgment of Van Swieten’s Commentaries on Boerhaave." His character was damaged by some disgraceful literary thefts, and by some money transactions of no reputable character. Eventually he relinquished the practice of his profession, and retired first to Pangbourne, and afterwards to Reading, where he died 29th June, 1792.

William Munk

[(1) His bond to the College, now before me, is signed Meyer Schamberg; and so his name is always spelt by Sir William Browne in his publications concerning him]

(Volume II, page 81)

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