Loose notes from the lectures of Henry Cline

Scope and Content

Loose notes from the lectures of Henry Cline, presumed to be Henry Cline junior. There are notes for two lectures in total, which are unnumbered but dated 2 May and 3 May with no year given. It is quite possible that these lectures form part of the same series recorded in MMM/4/1/11. The subjects covered include remedy in the collapse of the eye, on cataracts, the several treatments for cataracts, injuries of the head and brain, and remarkable consequences of injuries of the head.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Cline junior was born on 4 February 1781 and was the son of London-based surgeon Henry Cline (1750-1827). Cline senior held the position of surgeon to St Thomas's Hospital, London and had lectured jointly on anatomy and surgery with Astley Cooper since 1789. In 1812 he resigned both of these appointments in favour of his son who immediately began lecturing with Cooper with the two dividing the profits equally and taking joint ownership of the anatomical specimens and drawings held at St Thomas's. There are reports that Cline junior was not as able a lecturer as his father, with his manner of lecturing described as monotonous, but is also described as having been particularly kind to his patients. Cline died prematurely on 27 May 1820 of phthisis, predeceasing his father.


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