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Arderne, John (b. 1307/8, d. in or after 1377), surgeon and author, was the most important English person in his field before the seventeenth century. He made considerable claims for the originality of his surgical technique, although allowance must be made for his gift for self-publicity. What is learned from his works is enough to show not only that he was a highly paid and respected surgeon, but also that his writing is unique in its insights into the practical realities of medieval surgery. Unlike other surgical authors he reveals not only the surgery that was taught and transmitted in writing, but also what was actually done face-to-face with the patient. Unfortunately there are no records or other independent testimony revealing his life and career; what is known about him is known through his writings....

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Bradmore, John (d. 1412), surgeon, was resident in London from at least 1377 until his death. He married twice; his first wife, Margaret, with whom he had a daughter, Agnes, died some time after May 1410, and he married again without delay. His son, ...

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Guercy, Balthasar (d. 1557), surgeon and physician, was an Italian (de Guercis), born in Il Boscho in the duchy of Milan, though nothing is known of his parentage or birth. A belief that he was 'once of Canterbury' (Strype...

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Heath, Christopher (1835–1905), surgeon, was born in London on 13 March 1835, the son of Christopher Heath (1802–1876), minister of the Catholic Apostolic church, and his wife, Eliza Barclay (1805/6–1884).

Heath entered King's College School in May 1845, and after apprenticeship to Nathaniel Davidson...

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Hobbes, William (d. 1488), physician and surgeon, was the son and heir of John Hobbes (d. 1462), surgeon, of Fetter Lane, London; his mother was probably John's widow, Juliana. As a member of the mystery of surgeons of London, who himself owned many books, it is not surprising that ...

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Morstede, Thomas (d. 1450), surgeon, was the son of Thomas and Alianora Morsted of Betchworth, Surrey. He is first recorded, as Thomas Morstede, 'leech', in a London deed of 1401. He had been apprenticed to the London surgeon Thomas Dayron (d. 1407)...