The John Hunter Memorial Hall - The Anatomy and Physiology of the Appendix

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John Hunter (1728-1793) The Founder of Modern Surgery

John Hunter probably never gave the appendix much thought. Appendicitis was not described as a disease until nearly 100 years after Dr. Hunter died. The appendix still eludes a complete understanding of its function. But John Hunter occupies a special place in the hearts of surgeons in that he insisted on the coordination of surgical knowledge with an accurate and detailed understanding of anatomy and physiology. In this regard, Dr. Hunter is the founder of "modern surgery."


There is an excellent biography of Dr. Hunter, "The Knife Man: Blood, Body Snatching, and the Birth of Modern Surgery," by Wendy Moore.



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Also, the Royal College of Surgeons (England) has a truly wonderful Museum of Surgery, the Hunterian Museum, that includes Dr. Hunter's anatomic dissections and specimens. (And if you are visiting London, admission to this terrific museum is free! A very rare London occurrence).


Visit my mini-biography page to learn more about John Hunter