Lives of the fellows

Daniel Turner

b.1666 d.13 March 1740/1
LRCP(1711) MD

Daniel Turner, M.D., was bred a surgeon, and practised in that capacity for several years in London; but having been disfranchised from his company, he was, on the 22nd December, 1711, admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians—an honour of which, if we may judge from the dedication of one of his numerous works, he was duly sensible. Not long after his admission as a Licentiate, he obtained the degree of doctor of medicine, but from what university I have not been able to discover. Dr. Turner had some celebrity in his day; but was, as Mr. Wadd, following Grainger, remarks, too fond of displaying his talents upon paper; the result being, that he published many volumes which are now forgotten. " His cases," continues the author of the " Nugæ Chirurgicæ," " are not stated in the most delicate terms; nor was politeness amongst his excellencies." He has the credit of having invented the cerate composed of oil, wax, and calamine —the ceratum calaminæ of the Pharmacopoeia, still popularly known as Turner’s cerate. Dr. Turner died at his house in Devonshire-square, Bishopsgate, on the 13th March 1740-1, aged seventy-four, and was buried in the church of Watton-at-Stone, co. Herts. He deserves to be remembered was it only for the noble sentiment conveyed in the following sentence written when he was seventy-two years of age:—" Be not afraid, nor yet ashamed of your religious principles, however you keep those of politics to yourself. It can be no disgrace for a physician, who owns himself at all times no more than Nature’s minister, to acknowledge himself also the servant of Nature's Master." Dr. Turner’s memorial at Watton is as follows:—
Nigh unto this place lye the bodyly remains of
Daniel Turner, M.D.,
late of the College of Physicians of London,
who departed this life on the 13th day of March, 1740,
and in the 74th year of his age.

Dr. Turner’s portrait, in 1734, by J. Faber, has been engraved.He was the author of—
A Vindication of the Noble Art of Chirurgery. 8vo. Lond. 1695.
A Remarkable Case in Surgery, being an account of an uncommon fracture and depression of the Skull in a Child, accompanied with a vast Imposthume of the Brain. 8vo. Lond. 1709.
De Morbis Cutaneis. A treatise of diseases incident to the Skin. 8vo. Lond. 1723.
Syphilis. A practical dissertation on the Venereal Disease. 8vo. Lond. 1724.
The Art of Surgery. 2 vols. 8vo. Lond. 1725.
On the Force of the Mother’s Imagination on the Foetus in Utero. 8vo. Lond. 1726.
A discourse concerning Gleets. 8vo. Lond. 1729.
An Answer to a Pamphlet on the Power of Imagination in Pregnant Women. 8vo. Lond. 1729.
The Force of the Mother’s Imagination upon the Foetus in Utero still further considered, by way of Reply to Dr. Blondell’s book. 8vo. Lond. 1730.
De Morbo Gallico. A treatise published about 200 years past. Republished by D. T. 8vo. Lond. 1730.
A Discourse concerning Fevers. 8vo. Lond. 1732.
The Ancient Physician’s Legacy impartially surveyed. 8vo. Lond. 1733.
The Drop and Pill of Mr. Ward considered. 8vo. Lond. 1735.
Aphrodisiacus. A summary of the ancient writers on the Venereal Disease. 8vo. Lond. 1736.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 35)

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