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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.

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