Sir Benjamin Collins Brodie, 1st Bt(1783-1862), Physiologist and surgeon
Sitter in 6 portraits
Sir Benjamin Brodie was a surgeon whose name is applied to certain diseases of the bones and joints. He spent most of his career at St George's Hospital, first as assistant surgeon (1808-22) and then as senior surgeon (1822-40). In 1810, he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. His most important work was Pathological and Surgical Observations on the Diseases of the Joints (1818), which led to a reduction in the number of amputations that were deemed necessary. Brodie was created a baronet in 1834 and was the first president of the General Medical Council. He was also the first surgeon to be elected president of the Royal Society (1858).
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