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John Hunter

Person  Male  Born 13/2/1728  Died 16/10/1793

Categories: Medicine

Countries: Scotland

Pioneer anatomist and surgeon. Born in East Kilbride, Scotland. After an unremarkable childhood, he journeyed south to London to work as a dissector for his brother William, a teacher of anatomy. He studied surgery at Chelsea and St. Bartholomew's Hospital.

His interest in the subject grew to such an extent that he formed a collection of 10,500 anatomical specimens, initially accommodated in his house in Leicester Square, now at the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1767 and has been called the founder of scientific surgery.

Died at St George's Hospital in Tooting, where he was working and where there is a bust.

Londonist has mapped John Hunter's London, showing not just the memorials but all the important locations in his life. And the Library Time Machine has pictures and information about his house in Earl's Court.

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John Hunter

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John Hunter, Leicester Square

All four of the Leicester Square busts were removed in the 2010-12 redesign, ...

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John Hunter, Lincoln's Inn Fields

{The front of the stone plinth is inscribed:} Hunter {On a plaque attached ...

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John Hunter plaque

{On the main, round plaque:} LCC John Hunter, 1728 - 1793, surgeon, lived h...

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Spirit of Soho Mural

Interesting that Coca Cola are specifically mentioned on the panel but not as...

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St George's Hospital - 2

St George’s Hospital was established on this site in 1733 in a country home b...

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