4 Nov 2006, 10:08 p.m. - Michael Robinson

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")

4 Nov 2006, 10:15 p.m. - Michael Robinson

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. " Mind >>> Notes on the history of mental health care

4 Nov 2006, 10:55 p.m. - Michael Robinson

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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