Paget, Sir James, 1st Baronet

Brief 1876 ALS likely to a patient, from the eminent English physiologist, a founder of scientific medical pathology

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(1814-1899 English surgeon and pathologist, a founder of scientific medical pathology. His famous works include Lectures on Tumours (1851) and Lectures on Surgical Pathology (1853). Several medical conditions were described and later named after him: Paget's disease of bone; Paget's disease of the nipple (a form of intraductal breast cancer spreading into the skin around the nipple); Extramammary Paget's disease (more rare skin lesions discovered by Radcliffe Crocker in 1889 which affect the male and female genitalia); Paget-Schroetter disease; and Paget's abscess (abscess recurring at the site of a resolved former abscess). At 16 he was apprenticed to a general practitioner for 4-1/2 years, in Oct. 1834 entered St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London. He won prizes in 1835 & 1836 and in his 1st winter session, discovered the pathogen for trichinosis. In May 1836, he passed his exam at the Royal College of Surgeons and became qualified to practice. The years 1836-43 were spent poor in London, earning 15 pounds/year by practice. He wrote for medical journals and prepared catalogues of the RCS hospital and pathological museums; in 1836, he became curator of the hospital museum, and in 1838, demonstrator of morbid anatomy there. In 1843 was appointed lecturer on general anatomy (microscopic anatomy) and physiology at the RCS, and warden of the hospital college. In 1847, he was named assistant-surgeon to the hospital, and Arris and Gale professor at the Royal College of Surgeons which he held for 6 years, giving 6 lectures annually in surgical pathology. The 1st edition of these lectures publ. in 1853 as Lectures on Surgical Pathology. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1851, that October he resigned the hospital wardenship, now recognized as a great physiologist and pathologist; he did for pathology in England what Rudolf Virchow had done in Germany, both may truly be called the founders of modern pathology. His greatest achievement was the use of the microscope, especially in pathology of tumors. In 1858 he was appointed Surgeon Extraordinary to Queen Victoria and in 1863 Surgeon in Ordinary to the Prince of Wales. He was the first to urge removal of the tumor, instead of amputation of the limb in cases of myeloid sarcoma. In 1869 he was elected President of the Clinical Society of London. In 1871, he received the baronetcy of Harewood Place in Middlesex. He received an honorary degree from Cambridge 1874; president of the Royal College of Surgeons; president of the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London; president of the 1881 International Medical Congress in London; president of the Pathological Society of London; vice-chancellor of the University of London 1883; appointed to the Royal Commission on Vaccination 1889. He published Clinical Lectures and Essays (1875) and Studies of Old Case-books (1891). ALS on 6 x 4 1/2 red printed "1, Harewood Place, Hanover Square W" letterhead, London, May 20 1876, to E. F. Witte Esq.. Paget will be glad to see him Monday between 11 and 1. Witte was likely a patient seeking an appointment.

Condition: Very good, normal folds, mount remnants on corners verso
Type:Letter






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