• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Barber-surgeon one who let blood and drew teeth as well as shaved—the company of Barber-surgeons was incorporated in 1461, but by an act in 1545 barbers were confined to the more humble function
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. barba, a beard.


In literature:

I'll have no barber-surgeon boast that he has seen the Comtesse d'Herouville.
"The Hated Son" by Honore de Balzac
College once of Barber Surgeons, but the Barbers left the Guild To the "Company of Surgeons," by whom we are cured or killed.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 98, 19 April 1890" by Various
He and Hardy Baker had assisted Chris Gore to his home, and the injured boy's father had sent the barber's apprentice in search of a surgeon.
"Under the Liberty Tree" by James Otis
Cheselden (William) summoned before Court of Barber-Surgeons for teaching anatomy, 18.
"The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812" by James Blake Bailey
In the early Middle Ages the barber-surgeons flourished as their services grew in demand.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Almost opposite Mountjoy's house was the Barber-Surgeons' Hall.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
The son of a tailor, he obtained his first medical knowledge in the shop of a barber-surgeon.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
In 1518 the physicians of London were incorporated, and the barber-surgeons in 1540.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
The ancient hall in London, formerly used by the Barber-surgeons, is still standing in Markwell Street, Cripplegate.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
His father was a barber and surgeon.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
I am but gathering a few poor herbs for my father, Master Trollope, the barber-surgeon of Plymouth, and I beg you to release me.
"The Golden Galleon" by Robert Leighton
Before the door of the house, awaiting his arrival, stood the village barber-surgeon, who received him with the deepest reverence.
"Only a Girl:" by Wilhelmine von Hillern
The Barber-Surgeons, all portraits, are an assemblage of grave-looking personages, in dark costumes.
"Our Old Home, Vol. 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
There were the bailiff, the clerk and the sheriffs, the executioner from Bruges, his assistant and a barber surgeon.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel" by Charles de Coster
His father was a barber-surgeon, who disapproved of music, and wished George Frederick to become a lawyer.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 12, Slice 8" by Various
From this circumstance arose the barber craft or barber-surgeons.
"Curiosities of Medical Experience" by J. G. (John Gideon) Millingen
In 1745, the surgeons and the barbers separated by Act of Parliament.
"The Doctor in History, Literature, Folk-Lore, Etc." by Various
Doctors despise surgery; send 'em to the filthy barber surgeons, and they die.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
Physicians and barber-surgeons declared that these were the teeth of a huge wolf.
"The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)" by Charles de Coster
He was appointed Lecturer on Anatomy to the Company of Barbers and Surgeons.
"A Book about Doctors" by John Cordy Jeaffreson