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Mead, Richard, 1673-1754
The medical works of Richard Mead... : with an account of the life and writings of the author.
Edinburgh : Printed by A. Donaldson and J. Reid : for Alexander Donaldson ..., 1765.

Image from Mead Medical Image from Mead Medical page 334

Richard Mead was the student friend of Herman Boerhaave and the protégé of John Radford who bequeathed him his practice as well as the famous "gold headed cane" which became the badge of office of the President of the Royal College of Physicians. Mead amassed a fortune from his medical practice, charging one guinea for a consultation in his rooms, two guineas for a house visit (to patients on good standing) and half a guinea for a prescription written out while he was sitting in his coffee house.

Mead was a book collector and is said to have owned 10,000 books, and the later compendium reflects these interests without giving much insight into the ideas and attitudes of Mead or the other contributors.

Samuel Johnson wrote a glowing obituary of Mead.

RB 4665.18