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William Hunter

Born  1861
Died  1937

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Scottish physician, born June 1, 1861, Ballantrae on the Ayrshire coast; died 1937.

Biography of William Hunter

William Hunter studied medicine at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1883. He served as a house physician at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, and studied overseas at Leipzig, Vienna, and Strassburg. From 1887 to 1890 he worked full time on laboratory research at Cambridge, devoting himself to pernicious anaemia. He was the first person to note that the alimentary and the nervous system were often affected in this disorder, and he regarded the haemolytic element as being most important and made numerous observations on the excessive pigmentation and iron deposition in the liver.

From 1895, Hunter was affiliated with the Charing Cross Hospital and the London Fever Hospital. During World War I her served in Serbia where developed de-lousing techniques to control typhus. Hunter was a sound clinician and a good teacher of medical students.


  • Oral sepsis as a cause of septic gastritis. London, 1901.
  • Pernicious anaemia. London, 1901.
  • Severest anaemias. London, 1909.
  • Historical account of Charing Cross Hospital and Medical School (University of London). London, 1914.
  • Serbian epidemics of typhus and relapsing fever in 1915. London 1920.

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