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July 2017

Henry Radcliffe Crocker—From the Elephant Man to the Textbook

Author Affiliations
  • 1Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
  • 2Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(7):674. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.1318

Henry Radcliffe Crocker (1845-1909) was a British dermatologist and a pioneering educator in his field. At the age of 16 years, he left school to apprentice with a general practitioner. From 1870 to 1875, he attended medical school at University College Hospital, London, while also working as a dispenser to supplement his income.1 In 1876, he became assistant medical officer to the Skin Department at University College Hospital and studied dermatology under his mentor William Tilbury Fox, who he succeeded as department chair in 1879.1

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