William Cockburn (1669-1739), MD, LRCP. Physician to the Navy
Cockburn studied for his Master of arts degree at the University of Edinburgh. He then became a student of Leiden University in Germany where it is likely he took his qualification of Doctor of Medicine. In 1694 he became a licentiate of the College of Physicians in London. Around the same time Cockburn was appointed physician to the Navy, and it was during this period of office that he discovered a remedy for dysentery. It was this discovery that made him his fortune. In 1731 he was appointed physician to Greenwich Hospital.
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William Cockburn (b.1669, d.1739); Medicine; Portraits