Connecticut Medicine

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CONNECTICUT MEDICINE, MARCH 2015 176 50 Years Ago From Connecticut Medicine March 1965 e cover HUnTeR: ScIenTIFIc SURGeRY BeGInS From an untutored Scottish country boy, John Hunter (1728-1793) became eighteenth-century London's foremost surgeon and medical scientist. Combining natural talent, insatiable curiosity, and keen observation, he was one of the greatest comparative anatomists of all time. e skeletons of the now-extinct Great Auk and of the Irish Giant are two of 13,682 specimens which comprised his famous collections, war-spared remnants of which are in London's Royal College of Surgeons. Poshumously, Dr. Hunter was honored as " e Founder of Scientifi c Surgery.".

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