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John Clough Thresh was born at Wakefield, Yorkshire, in 1850. He was educated privately and at Owens College, Manchester. His early interests were centred in pharmacy and chemistry, and he graduated D.Sc. at the University of London in 1884.
In 1892 he obtained the Diploma of Public Health of the University of Cambridge. In addition, he was a Fellow of the Institute of Chemistry and a Diplomate in Public Health (honoris causa) of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons of Ireland.
At the Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association in 1895 Dr. Thresh was vice-president of the Section of Public Medicine, and at the Annual Meeting in 1900 he was president of the Section of State Medicine. He was a member of the old Parliamentary Bills Committee, which existed before the new constitution, and a member of the then newly appointed Public Health Committee.
He died 1932. JOHN CLOUGH THRESH, M.D., D.Sc., D.P.H. Late County Medical Officer of Health for Essex Dr. J. C. Thresh, who died on May 23rd, was one of the early pioneers who established the importance of environmental hygiene.