Regency Personalities Series
In my attempts to provide us with the details of the Regency, today I continue with one of the many period notables.
May 12 1763-April 15 1820
Born in Edinburgh, he was an elder brother of Sir Charles Bell. He completed his professional education in Edinburgh and then began to attract large audiences to his lectures in Surgeon’s Square. Between 1793-1795 he published Discourses on the Nature and Cure of Wounds. He is considered a founder of modern surgery of the vascular system.
He made enemies because he was outspoken about incompetent surgeons that caused unnecessary pain and suffering amongst their patients. He got involved in 1800 against James Gregory who was a professor of medicine in Edinburgh. Bell was excluded from the Royal Infirmary because of it and then devoted himself to his practice and the study of medicine. He was a talented artist and illustrated his own work. Injured in a fall, he went to Italy to heal and died in Rome.
His other works include, Principles of Surgery (1801), Anatomy of the Human Body and Observations on Italy (1825).