William Fergusson, who established his formidable reputation as a surgeon before the advent of anaesthesia, was born in 1808 in Prestonpans. He rapidly gained a strong reputation as a surgeon and, in 1840, accepted an invitation to become Professor of Surgery at King’s College London and Surgeon to King’s College Hospital. His many achievements made him perhaps the most celebrated surgeon of his time. He died in London in 1877 and is buried at West Linton.
Peter Raine, himself a paediatric surgeon, will talk about William Fergusson’s life and work in the next Esk Valley Trust Zoom talk on Thursday November 10th at 19.30 hrs.