Some Account of the Death of William Blair, Esq., M.A., Surgeon to the Bloomsbury Dispensary in London, &c. &c.; Who Died Dec. 6, 1822, aged Fifty-Six
Medical Practitioners, Piety, Infidelity, Morality
The editor introduces the extract with the observation that the 'decided adherence of this eminent Surgeon to the cause of revealed religion, and of vital godliness, furnished an additional instance to many already on record, well calculated to redeem the respectable profession to which he belonged from the stigma of [a] strong tendency to Infidelity, sometimes too indiscriminately fixed upon it' (101). The extract details his religious activism, reporting: 'As Surgeon to the Bloomsbury Dispensary, he was indefatigable in his attentions to the cases of distress which came under his notice: he cared not only for the bodies and temporal concerns, but for the souls and eternal interests of his patients; frequently exhausting his income in relieving the wants of the indigent' (102).
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