an English physician and antiquary. In 1745 Burton was arrested and committed to York Castle on 30 November on a charge of treason. After three months' imprisonment he was summoned to London to be examined before the privy council, who finally released him on bail after examination in March 1747. In 1749 he published two pamphlets to justify his conduct and proclaim his innocence. His medical practice took longer to resurrect. In 1751 he published An Essay towards a Complete System of Midwifery. Burton's text shows signs of hasty composition which were perhaps partly due to his attempt to recover his damaged professional status.
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