April 24, 1967


JAMA. 1967;200(4):331-332. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120170103027

The mantle of the senior surgeon of London more than a century ago was passed from Sir Astley Cooper to Benjamin C. Brodie, sergeantsurgeon to the queen and to two kings. Brodie was born at Winterslow in Wiltshire, the son of a parish rector, who was responsible for the early education of his children, particularly in the Greek and Latin languages.1 At the age of 18, Brodie went to London, where he studied anatomy under Abernethy at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, dissected with Wilson in the Great Windmill Street School of Medicine, and became a pupil of Sir Everard Home, brotherin-law of John Hunter and surgeon at St. George's Hospital. He was a sensitive youth who accepted the study of surgery upon his father's suggestion, although he might have done equally well in law or business. Under Home, Brodie made excellent progress and was given more than the usual responsibility