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September 27, 1924


JAMA. 1924;83(13):1012-1013. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660130052024

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Sir William Maddock Bayliss  The death of Sir William Bayliss, F.R.S., has removed one of the greatest of contemporary physiologists. Born in 1860 at Wolverhampton, he entered the business of his father, an iron manufacturer. Commercial life proving distasteful, he took up the study of medicine. In 1881 he entered University College, London, and came under the influence of two great teachers—Ray Lankester and Burdon-Sanderson. In 1882 he took the B.Sc. degree and obtained a scholarship in zoology. But he could take little interest in the dry bones of human anatomy, and failed in this subject at his M.B. examination. He then abandoned the idea of a medical qualification and devoted himself to the study of physiology. He followed Burdon-Sanderson when that teacher was transferred to Oxford, and took a first class in the final school of natural science in physiology. He returned to London and again worked at University

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