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Norman McOmish Dott

Born 1897
Died 1973

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Scottish neurosurgeon, 1897-1973. Edinburgh.

Biography of Norman McOmish Dott

Norman McOmish Dott was a pupil of Harvey Williams Cushing (1869-1939) and pioneered many new procedures. With Sir Hugh Cairns (1896-1952) and Sir Geoffrey Jefferson (1886-1961) he was a founder of neurological surgery in the United Kingdom. During World War II he founded the Brain Injuries Unit at Bangour Hospital, West Lothian. In 1962, he was the first surgeon to receive the freedom of the City of Edinburgh after Sir Joseph Lister (1827-1912).

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