Samuel Farr (physician)

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Samuel Farr, M.D. (1741– 11 March 1795) was an English physician.


Farr was born at Taunton, Somerset, in 1741. His parents were Protestant Dissenters. He was educated first at Warrington Academy, then at Edinburgh University, and finally at Leiden University, where he took the degree of M.D. (1765). He was a physician to the Bristol Infirmary from 1767 to 1780, and practised for some years in Bristol. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1779 (although his election may have been subsequently voided for non-appearance}. [1]

Returning to Taunton he acquired an extensive practice there. He died at Upcott, near Taunton, in the house of John Fisher, on 11 March 1795.


His published works are:

  • ‘An Essay on the Medical Virtues of Acids,’ London, 1769.
  • ‘A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Extent of Animal Motion, deduced from the principles of reason and analogy,’ London, 1771.
  • ‘Aphorismi de Marasmo ex summis Medicis collecti,’ 1772.
  • ‘Inquiry into the Propriety of Blood-letting in Consumption,’ 1775; against the practice.
  • ‘The History of Epidemics, by Hippocrates, in seven books; translated into English from the Greek, with Notes and Observations,’ &c.
  • ‘A Preliminary Discourse on the Nature and Cure of Infection,’ London, 1781.
  • ‘Elements of Medical Jurisprudence,’ London, 1788; 2nd edit. 1811; a translation from the work of Faselius, with additions by the translator.
  • ‘On the Use of Cantharides in Dropsical Complaints’ (Memoirs Med. ii. 132, 1789).


  1. ^ "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Farr, Samuel". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.