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Sir John Bland-Sutton, Bt

Nature volume 139, pages 223224 (06 February 1937) | Download Citation



SIR JOHN BLAND-SUTTON, BT., president in 1923-25 of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and consulting surgeon to the Middlesex Hospital, who died on December 20 last, was born in 1855. Since John Hunter, no pathologist-surgeon of equal eminence has arisen in Great Britain, and like his prototype he approached surgery through the study of anatomy and comparative anatomy. Like Hunter, too, he was brought up in the country, and school played a less prominent part in his education than his own sharp eyes and sceptical curiosity. Unlike Hunter, he was not an experimentalist. He was more preoccupied with naked-eye form than with histology or physiology, though he always studied morphology in relation to function and to the evolutionary process.

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