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Samuel Garth

(1661—1719) physician and poet


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(1661–1719),

a physician, free‐thinker, and member of the Kit‐Cat Club, is remembered as the author of The Dispensary (1699), a burlesque poem in which he ridiculed the opposition of apothecaries to the supply of medicines to out‐patients' dispensaries. Pope described him as ‘the best good Christian without knowing it’. See Topographical Poetry and Mock Epic.

Subjects: Literature.


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