Lives of the fellows

William Woodville

b.1752 d.26 March 1805
MD Edin(1775) LRCP(1784)

William Woodville, M.D., was born at Cockermouth, co. Cumberland, and educated at Edinburgh, where he became a favourite pupil of Dr. Cullen, and took the degree of doctor of medicine 12th September, 1775 (D.M.I. de Causis Irritabilitatem Fibrarum Motricium augentibus). He began practice at Papcastle in his native county, but shortly removed to Denbigh, North Wales, where he remained a few years only. In 1782 Dr. Woodville settled in London, and was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 9th August, 1784. He was elected physician to the Smallpox and Inoculation hospitals 17th March, 1791; and died of a chronic pulmonary complaint at the hospital, whither he had been removed at his own particular request, on the 26th March, 1805, in the fifty-eighth year of his age. His portrait by Abbot is at the Small-pox hospital. It was engraved by Bond. Dr. Woodville was an accomplished botanist, and his office of physician to the Small-pox hospital afforded him the opportunity of cultivating that science. Some two acres of the ground belonging to the institution, then situated at King’s Cross, was appropriated by him as expense. He was the author of—
Medical Botany: Systematic and General Descriptions, with Plates of all the Medicinal Plants, indigenous and exotic, comprehended in the catalogues of the Materia Medica, as published by the Royal College of Physicians of London and Edinburgh. 3 vols. 4to. Lond. 1790.
Supplementary Volume. 4to. Lond. 1794.
The History of the Inoculation of the Small-pox in Great Britain. 8vo. Lond. 1796.
Reports of a Series of Inoculations for the Variolæ Vaccinæ or Cow-pox. With Remarks and Observations on the Disease considered as a Substitute for Small-pox. 8vo. Lond. 1799.
Observations on the Cow-pox. 8vo. Lond. 1800.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 345)

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