Biography of Alfred Poland
Alfred Poland was born in London in 1822 and educated in Paris and Frankfurt. In 1839 he was became an apprentice of Charles Aston Key (1798-1849) at Guy's Hospital, London, and, in 1845, after qualification, he became demonstrator of anatomy. He had then been a member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England since 1843, becoming a fellow in 1847.
In 1849 Poland became assistant surgeon at Guy's Hospital. Following the death of Bransby Blake Cooper (1792-1853) he took over Cooper’s lectures on surgery. He was elevated to the rank of surgeon in 1861, when, after the retirement of France, he took charge of the ophthalmology department. He also held an appointment at the Royal Ophthalmic Hospital, Moorfields.
In 1867 chronic cough ascribed to exposure of infection in the ward forced Poland to cease lecturing and thereafter his health gradually declined. He lived his last years retired in Blackheath with his father. Poland died in 1872 at the age of 51 of "consumption of the lungs" (pulmonary tuberculosis).
We thank Patrick Jucker-Kupper for information submitted.