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August 1963

A Manual of Practical Anatomy for the Use of Students Engaged in Dissections.

Arch Intern Med. 1963;112(2):289-291. doi:10.1001/archinte.1963.03860020187030

When I saw this book listed by R. D. Gurney, the London antiquarian bookseller, I ordered it because I had recently become acquainted with the name of Edward Stanley (1791-1862). While glancing through an 1882 volume of the Louisville Medical News,1 I had seen a reference to Stanley, as one who had described neurogenic arthritis in 1824, long before Charcot. The Louisville editor had seen a reference to Stanley by F. S. Eve in St. Bartholomew's Hospital Reports.2

When I had read Stanley's stirring description of a spontaneous dislocation of the hip in a tabetic patient,3 I sensed that he must have been an unusual man. I then found his name in several Nineteenth Century books on my shelves. In particular, Sir James Paget4 attributed the rise of St. Bartholomew's medical school almost entirely to Stanley, who was Abernethy's successor. He taught at Barts for 50