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John Hunter

William Hunter

John and William Hunter
(John 1728—1793; William 1718—1783)


Noted surgeons with a competitive and often quarrelsome relationship, the Hunter brothers made their names in London. John was the more naturally gifted of the two, and the more brilliant surgeon with a particular interest in dissection. He helped make surgery a science, raising its status from that of a barber’s profession. William was an obstetrician who ultimately became physician to Queen Charlotte and professor of anatomy to the Royal Academy.