William Sydenham, MD, was the eldest son of Dr Thomas Sydenham, the English Hippocrates; and it was for his instruction and guidance in practice that his distinguished father compiled the Processus Integri in Morbis fere omnibus Curandis. The history of Dr William Sydenham is veiled in even greater obscurity than his father’s. All we know is, that he was admitted a pensioner of Pembroke college, Cambridge, in or about the year 1674; that he left Cambridge without taking a degree in either arts or medicine; that he proceeded doctor of medicine in some foreign university, and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 29th November, 1687. He must have died about the year 1738. His name disappeared from the College list of 1738; but stands at the top of the Licentiates in that of 1737.
Dr William Sydenham was the author of –
Compendium Praxeos Medicæ Sydenhami, in usum quorundam commodiorem, cum nonnullis passim emendationibus atque tandem Formulis aliquot Medicamentorum additis, ex autographo Autoris peritissimi. Editum a Gulielmo Sydenhamo, MD. Thomæ filio natu maximo. 12mo. Lond. 1719.
(Volume I, page 475)
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