Lives of the fellows

Thomas Allen

b.? d.1684
MB Cantab(1654) MD(1659) FRCP(1671)

Thomas Allen, MD, was matriculated a pensioner of Trinity college, Cambridge, in December, 1648, but migrated to Caius college, of which he became a fellow. He proceeded bachelor of medicine 1654; doctor of medicine 5th July, 1659; was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1659; and a Fellow 30th September, 1671. He was Censor in 1674, 1679, and 1682; was incorporated at Oxford 13th July, 1675; and died of dropsy in 1684.

(1) Dr Allen was physician to Bethlem hospital, and to his credit let it be recorded, that he refused to accede to a proposition which had met with general approbation at the Royal Society (of which he was himself a fellow), to make the first experiment of the transfusion of blood in this country “upon some mad person in Bedlam.”

William Munk

[(1) Dr Middleton Massey’s MS additions to Pharm. Lond.]

(Volume I, page 361)

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