Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Colbatch, John (d.1729)
COLBATCH, Sir JOHN (d. 1729), physician, a native of Worcester, where he practised for some years as an apothecary, was admitted a licentiate of the College of Physicians on 22 Dec. 1696, was knighted by George I on 5 June 1716, and died on 15 Jan. 1728-9. His books are ridiculed in Garth's 'Dispensary,' canto v. He published:
- 'The New Light of Chirurgery,' 1695, 12mo.
- 'Physico-Medical Essays,' 1696.
- 'Causes and Nature of Gout,' 1697.
- 'Extraordinary Cure of the Bite of a Viper by Acids,' 1698.
- 'Collection of Tracts,' including the foregoing, 1700, 1704.
- 'Further Considerations concerning Alkaly and Acid,' 1698.
- 'Scheme for Methods to be taken should it please God to visit us with the Plague,' 1721.
- 'Dissertation concerning Mistletoe, & remedy in Convulsive Distemper,' 3rd ed. 1723.
- 'Dr. Colbatch's Legacy, or the Family Physician,' 1733.
His earlier tracts called forth 'Examination of John Colbatch, his books,' by Richard Boulton, 1699.
[Munk's Coll. of Phys. i.517; Cat. of Royal Medical and Chirurgical Soc.'s Library, i. 154, 264.]