Lives of the fellows

John (Sir) Colbatch

b.? d.15 January 1728/9
LRCP(1696)

Sir John Colbatch was bred an apothecary, and in that capacity practised for some time at Worcester, of the companies of apothecaries and mercers of which city he was a freeman. Bringing proof of his disfranchisement, dated 23rd May, 1696, he was examined, and admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians, 22nd December, 1696. He was a knighted by George I 5th June, 1716, and died at an advanced age 15th January, 1728-9. He was a voluminous writer, but not of the highest class-
“When the enervate aim
“Beyond their force, they still contend for shame;
“Had Colbatch printed nothing of his own
“He had not been the Saffold o’ the town;
“Asses and owls, unseen, their kind betray
“If these attempt to hoot, or those to bray.”(1)

The following list of his writings is the best I can supply:-
The New Light of Chirurgery 12mo. Lond. 1695.
Physico-Medical Essays concerning Alkali and Acid in the case of Distempers 8vo. Lond. 1696.
On the Causes, Nature, and Cure of Gout 8vo. Lond. 1697.
Extraordinary Cure of the Bite of a Viper by Acids 8vo. Lond. 1698.
A Collection of Tracts Chirurgical and Medical 8vo. Lond. 1700.
A Scheme for Proper Methods to be taken should it please God to visit us with the Plague 8vo. Lond. 1721.
Observations on the Scheme lately published 8vo. Lond. 1721.
A Dissertation concerning Mistletoe, a remedy in Convulsive Distempers 8vo. Lond. 3rd Edition, 1723.
Colbatch’s Legacy; or, the Family Physician 8vo. Lond. 1733.

William Munk

[(1) “Dispensary,” Canto V.]

(Volume I, page 517)

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