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Hunter, John (1728-1793), surgeon and anatomist

  • Hunter, John, 1728-1793.
Date:
1789
Reference:
MS.8619
  • Archives and manuscripts

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Description

3 letters by Hunter, signed (except no. 3) and no dates (except no.1). Two documents written by Hunter. No. 4 is about inflammation and gunshot wounds and no. 5 describes animals and their seasons of growing. A card, which details the Reinterment of the Remains of John Hunter (no. 6) and a newspaper article on John Hunter's life (no. 7).

Publication/Creation

1789

Physical description

1 file (7 items)

Acquisition note

Purchased from Glendining, London, August 1934 (acc.67862); Purchased from Sotheby's, London, February 1931 (acc.56320). Provenance details not recorded for nos. 1 and 6. No accession details recorded for nos. 4, 5 and 7.

Biographical note

Hunter, John (1728-1793), was a surgeon and anatomist, born near Glasgow. He moved to London in 1748 to assist his brother William Hunter (1718-1783), who was a teacher of anatomy and an accoucheur. Hunter served with the army in Portugal in 1762. The army offered the formal qualification needed for surgical practice. Hunter then developed an interest in natural history and comparative anatomy. Hunter became a successful surgeon and collected dried specimens. The Hunterian Museum was set up to house his collections. Hunter died in 1793 from heart disease. A full description of his life and work is to be found in the Dictionary of National Biography.

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