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By 1658 Sydenham, who had fought on the parliamentary side during the English Civil War, was living in the eastern end of the new neighbourhood of Pall Mall. Despite only holding a BM he identified himself as a physician. In 1663 he became a licentiate of the College of Physicians and therefore continued to practice, although he did not obtain his MD until 1676. Sydenham was a talented clinician and he was particularly noted for his ability to make fine distinctions between diseases.
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