John Harrison Curtis Esq.r F.M.S.Aurist to His Royal Highness The Prince Regent And Lecturer on the Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases of the Ear
London, Published for the European Magazine by J. Asperne, Cornhill, 1st May 1819.
Stipple, sheet 190 x 125mm (7½ x 5"). Trimmed inside platemark on three sides
John Harrison Curtis (1778-1860), otologist. 'In the early nineteenth century the management of aural conditions not infrequently fell into the hands of certain practitioners who were neither interested in diagnosis nor concerned with the indications for their treatment. Curtis was the most notorious of these; he had been a dispenser in the navy, but had no medical qualifications. His ideas and practice were a mixture of charlatan and of applied common sense' (DNB). Curtis' 'Treatise on the Physiology and Diseases of the Ear' (1817) ran to four editions. Establishing himself in a large property on Soho Square in London, Curtis' clients included George IV and the duke and duchess of Gloucester. In 1816 he founded the first specialist ear hospital in Britain on nearby Carlisle Street. He later squandered his fortune, fled to the Isle of Man to escape his debtors, and died in an asylum.
O'D 1 (only engraved likeness listed). W. 738 I.
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