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August 16, 1965

SIR GEORGE MURRAY HUMPHRY (1820-1896)— CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY SURGEON

JAMA. 1965;193(7):613. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03090070063028
Abstract

George Murray Humphry was born at Sudbury in Suffolk, the son of a barrister-at-law and distributor of stamps for Suffolk. He was educated at the local grammar schools of Sudbury and Dedham in the days when emphasis on Latin and Greek was traditional. At the age of 16, he began a three year apprenticeship with J.G. Crosse, who housed and fed his pupils and set an example of industry in the study of anatomy and the care of the sick. Humphry then entered St. Bartholomew's Hospital, passed the first portion of the MB examination at the University of London with a gold medal in anatomy and physiology, and in 1841 was admitted a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. The following year he qualified for licensure in the Society of Apothecaries of London. He was appointed surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and, in his 22nd year,

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