Thomas Frewen: Medical Treatise

Scope and Content

Thomas Frewen, 'Encheiridion: technicum ad memoriam acuendam in re medica', written not earlier than November 1761, 98 folios. The MS is probably a first draft of Physiologia: or the doctrine of nature, where substantial portions of the present treatise are repeated without alteration. The author's bookplate is inside the front cover and his printed stamp is impressed on page 1.

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Frewen obtained his M.D. degree some time before 1755, and practised as a surgeon and apothecary at Rye in Sussex, and then as a physician at Lewes. He was one of the first people in the country to adopt the practice of inoculation with small-pox, which he described in his essay on The practice and theory of inoculation (London, 1749). He published a second essay on this subject in 1759. His other work was Physiologia (London, 1780), a treatise applying the doctrines of Boerhaave to diseases. Frewen died at Northiam in Sussex on 14 June 1791.

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Acquisition Information

Presented by W.M. Palmer, 1935.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Frewen in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VII (London, 1908), pp. 714-715.

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