1893 text

Daubigny Turberville, of Oriel College; created M.D. at Oxford,1660. He was a physician of some eminence, and, dying at Salisbury on the 21st April, 1696, aged eighty-five, he was buried in the cathedral, where his monument remains. Cassan, in his “Lives of the Bishops of Sarum,” part iii., p. 103, has reprinted an interesting account of Turberville, from the “Memoir of Bishop Seth Ward,” published in 1697, by Dr. Walter Pope. Turberville was born at Wayford, co. Somerset, in 1612, and became an expert oculist; and probably Pepys received great benefit from his advice, as his vision does not appear to have failed during the many years that he lived after discontinuing the Diary. The doctor died rich, and subsequently to his decease his sister Mary, inheriting all his prescriptions, and knowing how to use them, practised as an oculist in London with good reputation. — B.

This text comes from a footnote on a diary entry in the 1893 edition edited by Henry B. Wheatley.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Dawbigney Turberville, oculist, was a son of George Turberville, gent, of Wayford, County Somerset....He took his B.A., October 15, 1635; his M.A., July 17, 1640; and his M.D., August 7, 1660. We next hear of him serving as a combatant for the King at the siege of Exeter in 1646. When the city was captured by Fairfax he quitted the military life and settled at Wayford....Turberville cured the writer, Pope, who says: "It was he who twice rescued me from blindness, which without his aid had been unavoidable, when both my eyes were so bad, that with the best I could not perceive a letter in a book, not my hand with the other, and grew worse and worse every day." http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/a…

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

In 2020 David James Harries contacted Phil Gyford about a paper he had written for The Journal of Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease, entitled ‘Pepys’s Eyes: A Modern Answer to an Old Conundrum?’.

Well worth your time: https://www.pepysdiary.com/news/2…

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