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Michael Robinson   Link to this

Per Wheatley

Thomas Allen 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, 1659. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians, September 30th., 1659, and a Fellow, 1671. Dr Allen was physician to Bethlehem Hospital, and died of dropsey in 1684.
(Monk's "Roll of the Royal College of Physicians")

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Another Pepys connection ...

"Thomas Allen, a physician at Bethlem Hospital who also ran a private asylum. Allen seems to have been a humanitarian scientist who prevented his colleagues from transfusing sheep's blood into a man, and also ordered the first postmortem recorded at the Bethlem Hospital. One of his patients was James Carkesse, a clerk in Samuel Pepys's office at the Admiralty. "

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Michael Robinson   Link to this

Allen inspired verse

Lucida intervalla: containing divers miscellaneous poems, written at Finsbury and Bethlem by the doctors patient extraordinary.
London : [s.n.], printed anno Dom. 1679.
[2], 68 p.; 4to. Anonymous. By James Carkesse, poems concerning the author's treatment in Bedlam and directed chiefly against Dr. Thomas Allen.
Wing (2nd ed., 1994),C577

He believed apparently he was on a mission to destroy the meeting houses of dissenters. Clarkess poems have been anthologized in the New Oxford Book of Seventeenth-Century Verse (1991)

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