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Joseph Bell (1837–1911) by James Irvine, exh. Royal Scottish Academy 1889 reproduced with the kind permission of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


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Bell, Joseph (1837–1911), surgeon, the son of Benjamin Bell, surgeon, and his wife, Cecilia Craigie, was born on 2 December 1837 at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and entered the University of Edinburgh at the early age of sixteen; he graduated MD in 1859. He travelled to the continent but was not attracted to stay and study there. ...