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January 25, 1965

SIR HENRY HEAD (1861-1940)

JAMA. 1965;191(4):334-335. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080040076027

Henry Head, experimental physiologist and clinical neurologist of London, was born of Quaker parents in Stoke Newington.1 His father was an insurance broker of Lloyds, his mother a relative of Lord Lister. Henry was a boarder at Friends' School, Tottenham, where Ashford, the master, awakened a profound interest in the natural sciences. At 13, he went to Charterhouse and again came under the influence of the science master. This time it was Poole who taught him biology and the fundamentals of physiology and gave him private instruction in gross dissection and preparation of tissue for microscopic examination. It seems logical that Cambridge should be next on the academic route, where Head qualified for a scholarship at Trinity College, where Shipley and Sherrington were contemporary students and Gaskell and Foster on the resident faculty. Head graduated BA with honors in the Natural Sciences Tripos. Seeking postgraduate training on the Continent, he