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William James West

Born  1794
Died  1848

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British physician, 1794-1848.

Biography of William James West

William James West was a successful small-town surgeon-apothecary in Tonbridge who took a major role in the local movement for medical reform. In 1837 he published the first series of ovariotomies in England.


  • J. M. Ford:
    William James West (1794-1848): abdominal surgeon and distraught father.
    Journal of Medical Biography, May 2003, 11 (2): 107-113.
  • N. J. Pies, C. W. Beardsmore:
    West & West syndrome – a historical sketch about the eponymous doctor, his work and his family.
    Brain & Development, March 2003, 25 (2): 84-101.
We thank Jacob de Wolff and Grace E. Jacobs for information submitted.

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