Lives of the fellows

Edmund Wilson

b.? d.7 August 1657
MB Cantab(1638) MD Padua(1641-2) MD Oxon(1646) FRCP(1649)

Edmund Wilson MD, was born in Oxfordshire, and educated at Emmanuel college, Cambridge, where he proceeded bachelor of medicine 9th April, 1638. He took his doctor’s degree at Padua in January, 1641-2; was incorporated at Oxford 10th October, 1646; and was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 4th November, 1646; and a Fellow 15th June, 1649. He was Censor 1654, 1656, and delivered the second Harveian oration, that of 1657, when more judicious or more fortunate than his predecessor in office, Dr Emily, p.244, he seems to have satisfied all his hearers. The oration was delivered only a few days after Harvey’s death, and the orator took occasion to refute the rumour which was then gaining credence with some persons, that Harvey, to escape the pangs of dying, had hastened his own end by an opiate. Dr Wilson died on the 7th August, 1657, a few weeks only after delivering the oration.(1)

Wood believes him to have been the author of
Spadacrene Dunelmensis; or, a short Treatise of an Ancient Medicinal Fountain or Vitrioline Spaw near the city of Durham. Together with the Constitutional Principles, Virtues, and Use thereof. 8vo. Lond. 1675.
The Spirit of Salt, with the true Oyle or Spirit of Sulphur. 4to. Lond. 1665.

William Munk

[(1) “Vir prorsus gnavus, et supra ætatem prudens, et præter vulgi medicorum mores, humaniorum literarum studiosus sciensque, quod, ut alias, ita proximè ostendit Harvæi die anniversario; quo nemini priorum vel orationis elegantiâ vel doctrinâ cessit, nulloque priorum minus acres aculeos auditoribus infixit, ad benefaciendum, et per virtutis templum, ut olim, ad illud honoris perveniendum.” - Hamey, Bustorum aliquot Reliquiæ.]

(Volume I, page 246)

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