Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sir Edmund King, MD, FRS
b.c.1629 d.30 May 1709
Sir Edmund King, who was originally a surgeon, applied himself much to the study of chymistry. This helped to recommend him to Charles II. who sometimes amused himself in his laboratory. He was the first physician that attended that prince in his last illness, when he ventured to incur the penalty of the law, by letting him blood. This was approved of by others of the faculty, and was indeed the only means of preventing his sudden death. A thousand pounds were ordered him by the privy-council for his attendance on the king, but he never received the money. In the "Philosophical Transactions" are some curious observations by him concerning ants, and the animacula in pepper water. There is also an account of his transfusing forty-nine ounces of blood out of a calf into a sheep. The latter was, in all appearance, as strong and healthy after the operation as it was before.---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1775.
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