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Scottish anatomist and surgeon, born February 13, 1728, Long Calderwood, East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, Scotland; died October 16, 1793, London, England.


Works of John Hunter
  • The Natural History of the Human Teeth, Explaining their Structure, Use, Formation, Growth and Diseases.
    2 parts. London, J. Johnson, 1771 and 1778.
    Latin translation by Pieter Boddaert: Historia naturalis dentium. Leipzig, 1775. German translation, Leipzig, 1780.
  • A Practical Treatise on the Diseases of the Teeth, intended as a Supplement to the Natural History of those Parts.
    London, J. Johnson, 1778.
  • On the digestion of the stomach after death.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1772, 62: 447-454.
  • Account of a woman who had the smallpox during pregnancy, and who seemed to have communicated the same disease to the foetus.
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1780, 70: 128-142.
  • A Treatise on the Veneral Disease. London 1786.
    German translation, Leipzig, 1787.
    French, Paris, 1787, and 1859: Traité de la maladie venerienne. Traduit d'Anglais par le Docteur G. Richelot, avec des notes et des additions par le docteur P.H. Ricord. 823 pages, with 9 lithographic plates.
  • Observations on Certain Parts of the Animal Oeconomy.
    London 1786.
    German translation by Scheller, Braunschweig, 1803.
    One of Hunter's major works, this book contains many of his studies and observations, including those on the descent of the testis into the scrotum, the structure of the placenta, the mechanism of digestion, the air sac in birds, the secondary sexual characteristics of the free-martin and pheasant, and his original description of the olfactory nerves.
  • A Treatise on the Blood, Inflammation and Gun-shot Wounds.
    Posthumous. London, G. Nicol, 1794.
    German translation by Ernst Benjamin Gottlieb Hebenstreit (1753-1803), 2 volumes, Leipzig, 1797-1800.
    This remarkable, but typical, work of Hunter is based on his own observations during his military experience and is not in any way dependent on any other concepts. Its approach to physiology and pathology has a definetely modern ring. The book was finished but only one-third through the press (in Hunter's own home) when Hunter died. Published by Everard Home.
  • State of the Testis in the Foetus and on the Hernia Congenita.
    In William Hunter’s Medical Commentaries, 1762, pp. 75-89.
    [In this paper he names the gubernaculum testis «because it connects the testis with the scrotum, and directs its course in its descent.»]
  • The Works of John Hunter.
    Edited with an introduction by George Gulliver (1804-1882).
    London, Longman, [1835]-1837. Works on John Hunter and his time, and works referred to:
  • John White:
    Journal of a Voyage to New South Wales. 1790.
  • Everard Home:
    An Account of Mr. Hunter’s Method of Performing the Operation for the Cure of Popliteal Aneurism.
    Transactions of the Society for the Improvement of Medical and Chirurgical Knowledge, London, 1789.
  • J. Dobson:
    John Hunter. London, E. S. Livingstone, 1969.
  • Gloyne Roodhouse:
    John Hunter. London, E & S Livingstone, 1950.
  • J. Kobler:
    The Reluctant Surgeon. London, W. Heinemann, 1960.
  • J. L. Thornton:
    Jan van Rymsdyck Medical Artist of the Eighteenth Century.
    1st edit., 1982. R. Richardson:
    Death, Dissection and the Destitute.
    London, Routledge & Kegan, 1987.
  • G. Mather:
    Two Great Scotsmen: The Brothers William and John Hunter.
    Glasgow, James Maclehose and Sons, 1993.
  • B. Cohen:
    John Hunter, pathologist.
    Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, 1993. 86: 587-592.
  • M. Theile:
    Happy in a Wife, Anne Hunter 1742-1821.
    Royal Australian College of Surgeons, 1994, 42-44.
  • G. C. Peachey:
    A Memoir of William and John Hunter.
    Plymouth, William Brendon & Son, 1924.
  • J. Oppenheimer:
    New Aspects of John and William Hunter.
    London, William Heinemann, 1946.

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