James Paget (1814–1899) entered St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, as a medical student in 1834. He never left. Like Pott, his whole professional life was spent in service to the hospital and its school of medicine. His career began in the preanesthesia, pre-Listerian era, and he lived to see the introduction of X-rays into medical practice. He is best remembered as a teacher and as a surgical pathologist. As a freshman medical student, he observed and described the cysts of Trichina spiralis in the diaphragm of his cadaver. His observations on ununited fractures in children were published in 1891. The years between were filled with an active and distinguished career as a teacher, investigator, and surgeon.
Reprinted with permission from Paget, James: Studies of old Case Books, Chapter 13. London, Longman's Green and Company, 1891, pp. 130–135.
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