Walter Butler Cheadle
Biography of Walter Butler Cheadle
Walter Butler Cheadle was educated at Gaius College, Cambridge, graduating M.B. in 1861 and then studied medicine at St. George’s Hospital, London. He interrupted his studies in 1861 to join Lord Milton on an expedition to explore Western Canada (1862-1864), and to go to China. On returning home, with Milton, he published a book on his adventures, The North-West Passage by Land, which gained a lot of attention.
He continued his medical studies and received his doctorate in 1865, became assistant at the St. Mary’s Hospital in 1866 and from 1869 he was for 23 years at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, where he was dean of the medical faculty from 1869 to 1873. At the time of his death he was consulting physician at the St. Mary’s Hospital. He was an ardent advocate of women in the study of medicine.
Cheadle published the first observation on acute rachitis after J. O. L. Möller, calling the disease «infantile scurvy». He distinguished scurvy from rickets in 1878.