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December 22, 1951

John Hunter

JAMA. 1951;147(17):1718. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670340108038

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Abstract

In his short biography of John Hunter, the famed Scottish surgeon, Dr. Gloyne has given a concise account both of 18th century English medicine and of Hunter's contributions to that era.

Hunter is followed through the formative years, when a strong interest in biology and an equally strong dislike for books and the arts is manifested. His early investigation of so many animal species was responsible in part for the eventual accumulation of the enormous variety of specimens in his museum. That he shunned the classics and did not write with ease is evidenced by his halfhearted attempt at an Oxford education and by the scant number of books and letters he wrote.

Next are described the early days in London with his brother William, who was also to become a well-known surgeon. Their anatomy school soon was acclaimed throughout Europe and served not only to train new surgeons in

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