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Wintringham, Clifton (1689-1748) (DNB00)


WINTRINGHAM, CLIFTON (1689–1748), physician, baptised at East Retford in Nottinghamshire on 11 April 1689, was the son of William Wintringham, vicar of East Retford, by his wife Gertrude, daughter of Clifton Rodes of Sturton, son of Sir Francis Rodes, bart., of Barlborough, and great-grandson of the judge, Francis Rodes [q. v.] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, and on 3 July 1711 was admitted an extra licentiate of the College of Physicians, settling at York, where he practised with great success for more than thirty-five years. In 1746 he was appointed one of the physicians in the York county hospital. He died at York on 12 March 1747–8, and was buried at St. Michael-le-Belfry in that city three days later. He was twice married. By his first wife, Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Nettleton of Earls Heaton in Yorkshire, he had a son, Sir Clifton Wintringham, bart. [q. v.], who is separately noticed.

Wintringham was the author of several medical works ‘full of good sense and practical information’ (Munk): 1. ‘Tractatus de Podagra, in quo de ultimis vasis et liquidis et succo nutritio tractatur,’ York, 1714, 8vo. 2. ‘A Treatise of Endemic Diseases,’ York, 1718, 8vo. 3. ‘An Essay on Contagious Diseases, more particularly on the Small Pox, Measles, Putrid, Malignant, and Pestilential Fevers,’ York, 1721, 8vo. 4. ‘Observations on Dr. Freind's “History of Physick,”’ London, 1726, 8vo [see Freind, John]. 5. ‘Commentarium Nosologicum, morbos epidemicos et aëris variationes in urbe Eboracensi locisque vicinis per decem annos grassantes complectens,’ London, 1727, 8vo; 2nd edit. by his son, 1733. In 1752 his ‘Works,’ collected from the original manuscripts by his son Clifton, were published in two octavo volumes with large additions and numerous emendations.

[Munk's Coll. of Phys. ii. 34; Gent. Mag. 1748 p. 139, 1749 p. 46.]

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