William Butter, M.D., was born in the Orkneys in 1726, and educated at Edinburgh, where he graduated doctor of medicine 16th September, 1761 (D.M.I. de Arteriotomiâ). He was admitted a fellow of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh 1st November, 1763; and about that time settled at Derby, where he practised for several years, and acquired a moderate fortune. He removed to London in 1782; was admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians 26th June, 1786; and died at his house in Lower Grosvenor-street, 23rd March, 1805. We have from his pen—
A method of Cure for the Stone, chiefly by Injections; with Descriptions and Delineations of the Instruments contrived for those purposes. 12mo. Edinb. 1754.
Dissertatio de Frigore quatenus Morborum Causâ. 8vo. Edinb. 1757.
A Treatise on the Kink Cough, with an Account of Hemlock and its Preparations. 8vo. Lond. 1773.
An Account of Puerperal Fevers as they appear in Derbyshire. 8vo. Lond. 1775.
A Treatise on the Infantile Remittent Fever. 8vo. Lond. 1782.
An Improved Method of Opening the Temporal Artery, and a New Proposal for Extracting the Cataract. 8vo. Lond. 1783.
A Treatise on the Disease commonly called Angina Pectoris. 8vo. Lond. 1791.
A Treatise on the Venereal Rose. 8vo. Lond. 1799.