William Hunter (anatomist)
|Born||23 May 1718|
|Died||30 March 1783 (aged 64)|
He was born at Long Calderwood – now a part of
Arriving in London, Hunter became resident pupil to
To orthopaedic surgeons he is famous for his studies on bone and cartilage. In 1743 he published the paper On the structure and diseases of articulating cartilages – which is often cited – especially the following sentence: “If we consult the standard Chirurgical Writers from Hippocrates down to the present Age, we shall find, that an ulcerated Cartilage is universally allowed to be a very troublesome Disease; that it admits of a Cure with more Difficulty than carious Bone; and that, when destroyed, it is not recovered”.