OTOLARYNGOLOGY is now one of the oldest specialties; in the year 1800 it was practically nonexistent as a specialty and not quite respectable. But many great men made occasional contributions to the subject, among them Astley Cooper (Fig 1), upon whose shoulders fell the mantle of the illustrious John Hunter.
Cooper was the sixth of ten children of a country parson, the incumbent of Brooke in Norfolk. His father was the author of several religious and political papers, but those who believe in breeding from the dam side may attribute his attainments more to his mother. She was a charming and intelligent woman who wrote several novels and children's stories and was a descendant of the great Isaac Newton. His paternal grandfather, who was also an author, was a surgeon at Norwich; and his uncle William Cooper was senior surgeon at Guy's Hospital.
With this literary and academic background his
WILSON TG. Sir Astley Cooper. Arch Otolaryngol. 1965;82(5):560–564. doi:10.1001/archotol.1965.00760010562028