William Lawrence, F.R.S. - Lectures on comparative anatomy, physiology, zoology, and the natural history of man : 12 plates - 1838
William Lawrence, F.R.S. - Lectures on comparative anatomy, physiology, zoology, and the natural history of man
- Published 1838
- Contains 12 plates, 7 of which are fold-out
- The plates cover the different varieties of man, along with their different forms of skull
This book is in overall good condition
- Clean, bright contents
- Firm bindings
- Small wear to spine cover; otherwise all fine
Sir William Lawrence, 1st Baronet FRCS FRS (16 July 1783 – 5 July 1867) was an English surgeon who became President of the Royal College of Surgeons of London and Serjeant Surgeon to the Queen.
In his mid-thirties, he published two books of his lectures which contained pre-Darwinian ideas on man's nature and, effectively, on evolution. He was forced to withdraw the second (1819) book after fierce criticism; the Lord Chancellor ruled it blasphemous. Lawrence's transition to respectability occurred gradually, and his surgical career was highly successful.
In 1822, Lawrence was elected a member of the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
Lawrence had a long and successful career as a surgeon. He reached the top of his profession, and just before his death the Queen rewarded him with a baronetcy shortly before his death in 1867.