Mr. Wilfred Trotter, F.R.S


IN the recent autumn the Royal Society has suffered the loss of both of its fellows whose work lay in surgery, Harvey Cushing of America, who died on October 7, 1939, and Wilfred Trotter of London, who died on November 25 at the age of sixty-seven. Each had done conspicuous work in the surgery of the brain, approaching their problems with physiological thought, and Cushing's name will always be remembered for the studies by himself and his pupils on the pituitary gland and on the microscopic structure of brain tumours in reference to their ways of malignant growth. He was a pioneer in cerebral surgery in America, and his supreme powers both as an operator and as a scientific thinker soon gathered around him at Harvard a school of workers who will assuredly maintain the energetic influence left by Harvey Cushing's mind. The possibility of this broadly based success was a reward of the changes deliberately planned in American universities in order to enable a leader in medicine or surgery to receive all such laboratory and other advantages as a professor of physiology would expect in his department for the progress of scientific work and teaching.


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E., T. Mr. Wilfred Trotter, F.R.S. Nature 145, 59–60 (1940).

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