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Henry Robert Silvester

Born 1829
Died 1908

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English physician, born 1829, London; died March 1908.

Biography of Henry Robert Silvester

Henry Robert Silvester attended the King’s College in London. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1853 and in 1855 obtained his medical doctorate at the University of London. He subsequently worked as an associate at the King’s College and consulting physician to the Clapham General Dispensary. In 1883 he received the golden Fothergill medal (worth 50 Guineas) from the Royal Humane Society, to which he was medical assistant at Clapham.

Silvester was the inventor of hypodermic inflation, a method for making men and animals unsinkable.

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