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Moments in Surgical History
December 2001

Valentine Mott and the Beginnings of Vascular Surgery

Arch Surg. 2001;136(12):1441. doi:10.1001/archsurg.136.12.1441

VALENTINE MOTT (1785-1865) was among the most prominent of American surgeons during the first half of the 19th century. He initially apprenticed with his cousin, Valentine Seaman (1770-1817), but later obtained a medical degree at New York City's Columbia College (1806). Seeking further medical training in Europe, Mott departed for London in the early spring of 1807 and registered as a pupil at Guy's Hospital where he worked for 6 months with Astley Cooper (1768-1820). Following this he studied with other renowned London surgeons, including John Abernethy (1764-1831) at St Bartholomew's Hospital, William Blizard (1743-1835) at London Hospital, Henry Cline (1750-1827) at St Thomas', and Everard Home (1756-1832) at St George's Hospital. In 1808, Mott moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, where he worked with John Thomson (1765-1846), who held the chair of military surgery at the university, and John Bell (1763-1830), who was in the private practice of surgery.