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Brentford Families - Cooke

Peter Selley wrote in February 2015 with information about William Cooke, for whom there is an entry in the 1811 Holden directory. He was a surgeon of The Butts, New Brentford.

William Cooke, was born in 1779 in Suffolk. He was in partnership with Dr Alexander Corson and mentioned in his will dated 1800. In 1808 Samuel Harris was his apprentice in New Brentford.

He moved to Durham where he became the first reader in medicine in the university in 1833. He was the first to report on the 1831 UK Cholera outbreak which started in Sunderland (more details on external site: https://archive.org/details/b21456379.

He then went to Bury St Edmunds. He died 21 March 1857 at his sonís house.

One of his books, published while in Durham, refers at the end to various patients from and around Brentford (more details on external site: https://archive.org/details/apracticaltreat00cookgoog.

His son Sir William Fothergill Cooke was the inventor of the electric telegraph more details on external site: http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/William_Fothergill_Cook.

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