John Hunter (1728-1793)

British surgeon and anatomist. Hunter's knowledge of human anatomy was unequalled in his day. Most of his notes remained unpublished after his death, and a large fraction were destroyed by Sir Everard Home, executor of his estate, who had plagiarized much of the material. Hunter's huge and carefully organized comparative anatomy collection became the basis of the Hunterian Museum, which later became the springboard for Richard Owen's career.


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