Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842

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British surgeon and anatomist.

From the description of Charles Bell papers, 1830 and undated. (Duke University). WorldCat record id: 34992302

Charles Bell was born at Edinburgh in November 1774. He received his medical education from the University of Edinburgh. In 1799 he was elected a fellow of the College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and practised at the Edinburgh Infirmary. In 1804 he left Edinburgh for London to practise and to teach (1812-1836) at the William Hunter's School of Anatomy which was linked to the Middlesex Hospital. In 1828, he became the first Professor of Surgery at the University of London but was disappointed that there was no affiliation between the Middlesex Hospital and the University and resigned from the University in order to establish the medical school at the Middlesex. He continued to write on different aspects of anatomy. After spending the years 1821 to 1829 investigating the nervous system, Bell published The Nervous System of the Human Body in 1830. In 1838, he returned to Edinburgh where he became Professor of Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. In 1840, he made a three month tour of Italy. Bell became ill with heart disease and died on 28 April 1842.

From the guide to the Bell, Professor Sir Charles, 1840, (Senate House Library, University of London)

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creatorOf Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842. Ms. copy of Sir Charles Bell's original paper on the functions of the brain and nerves, 1811. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Fifield, William Cranch Bond, 1828-1896. Papers of William Cranch Bond Fifield, 1826-1914 (inclusive), 1834-1896 (bulk). Harvard University, Medical School, Countway Library
referencedIn An Annotated Calendar of the Letters of Charles Darwin in the Library of the American Philosophical Society, 1799-1882 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bell, Charles. Pittsburgh childhood : for double bass quartet (piano, electric guitar, electric bass, electric piccolo bass) and string orchestra (without bass violins) by Charles Bell. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letter signed : Abbotsford House, near Melrose, to [Dr. Charles Bell], 18-- Aug. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bell, Professor Sir Charles, 1840 Senate House Library, University of London
referencedIn Papers, 1808-1888. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Agassiz, Alexander, 1835-1910,. American and English literary and historical papers collected by Atcheson L. Hench [manuscript] 1300-1926. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Autograph letters (92) signed, 1801 to 1827. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Spalding, Lyman, 1775-1821. Papers, 1799-1820. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
creatorOf Campbell, Thomas, 1777-1844. Autograph letter signed : to Charles Bell, 1831 Sept. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Album materials, 1777-1925 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Miller, Joseph Lyon, 1875-. Papers, 1610-1964 (bulk 1825-1887). Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Shee, Martin Archer, 1769-1850. Autograph letter signed : Cavendish Square [London], to Sir Charles Bell, 1833 Mar. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn United States. President's Committee on Civil Service Improvement. Records, 1939-1941. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers of Professor Sir Charles Bell (1774-1842), 1827-1842 Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842. [Drawings of arteries], [ca. 1797]. National Library of Medicine
creatorOf Bell, Charles, Sir, 1774-1842. Charles Bell papers, 1830 and undated. Duke University, Medical Center Library & Archives
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Travel abroad
Anatomy, Artistic--Drawings
Nervous system
Piano, bass guitar (2), electric guitar with string orchestra--Scores
Medical sciences


Birth 1774-11-12

Death 1842-04-28





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