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Pediatric Biographies
May 1935

WILLIAM JOHN LITTLE 1810-1894: A NOTE ON THE HISTORY OF SPASTIC DIPLEGIA

Am J Dis Child. 1935;49(5):1299-1305. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1935.01970050197021
Abstract

William John Little was born in East London in 1810; as a child he was not strong and suffered from numerous ailments, including infantile paralysis which left him with a clubfoot. He was sent to St. Margaret's School at Dover, where he made a good record and acquired a knowledge of French, so that three years later he was sent to the College of St. Omer in France. There he won a prize for French composition, being the first Englishman to be so honored. At 16 he returned to London and was apprenticed to an apothecary near the place where he was born. At 18 he decided to study medicine and entered the London Hospital. In 1831 he became a licentiate of the Apothecaries Company, and the next year he was admitted to membership in the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1836 he became lecturer on comparative anatomy and physiology

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