Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Farr, Samuel
FARR, SAMUEL, M.D. (1741–1795), physician, was born at Taunton, Somersetshire, in 1741. His parents were protestant dissenters. He was educated first at the Warrington Academy, then at Edinburgh, and finally at Leyden 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. Afterwards returning to his native town he acquired an extensive practice there. He was a diligent writer, and published several medical works that were highly esteemed in their day. He died at Upcott, near Taunton, in the house of Mr. John Fisher, on 11 March 1795.
His published works are: 1. ‘An Essay on the Medical Virtues of Acids,’ London, 1769, 12mo. 2. ‘A Philosophical Inquiry into the Nature, Origin, and Extent of Animal Motion, deduced from the principles of reason and analogy,’ London, 1771, 8vo. 3. ‘Aphorismi de Marasmo ex summis Medicis collecti,’ 1772, 12mo. 4. ‘Inquiry into the Propriety of Blood-letting in Consumption,’ 1775, 8vo; against the practice. 5. ‘The History of Epidemics, by Hippocrates, in seven books; translated into English from the Greek, with Notes and Observations,’ &c. 6. ‘A Preliminary Discourse on the Nature and Cure of Infection,’ London, 1781, 4to. 7. ‘Elements of Medical Jurisprudence,’ London, 1788, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1811, 12mo; a translation from the work of Fascelius, but with considerable additions by the translator. 8. ‘On the Use of Cantharides in Dropsical Complaints’ (Memoirs Med. ii. 132, 1789).[Munk's Coll. of Phys.; Toulmin's Hist. of Taunton; Watt's Bibl. Brit.; List of Leyden Students; Gent. Mag. 1795, i. 356.]