Sir Astley Paston Cooper: history, English surgeon and anatomist

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From: Indian Journal of Surgery(Vol. 73, Issue 1)
Publisher: Springer
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Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1st Baronet (23 August 1768-12 February 1841) was an English surgeon and anatomist, who made historical contributions to otology, vascular surgery, the anatomy and pathology of the mammary glands and testicles, and the pathology and surgery of hernia.

Cooper was born at the village of Brooke in Norfolk on August 23, 1768 (Fig. 1). His father, Dr. Samuel Cooper, was a clergyman of the Church of England; his mother was the author of several novels [1-3]. At the age of sixteen he was sent to London and placed under Henry Cline (1750-1827), Surgeon to St Thomas Hospital. In 1789 he was appointed demonstrator of anatomy at this Hospital, where in 1791 he became joint lecturer with Cline in anatomy and Surgery, and in 1800 he was appointed Surgeon to Guy's Hospitalon the death of his uncle, William Cooper. In 1804, he did work on hernia [4].

In 1817 he performed his famous operation of tying the abdominal aorta and in 1820 he removed an infected sebaceous cyst from the head of King George IV. He was subsequently appointed sergeant Surgeon to King George IV, King William IV and Queen Victoria. He served as president of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1827 and again in 1836, and he was elected a vice-president of the Royal Society in 1830 (Figs. 2).

Sir Astley Paston Cooper, 1st Baronet (August 23, 1768-February 12, 1841), English surgeon and anatomist, who made historical contributions to otology, vascular surgery, the anatomy and pathology of the mammary glands and testicles, and...

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