The career in writing for William Hale White began with the preparation of medical histories and summaries of a series of cases for the Transactions of the Pathological Society of London. It culminated half a century later by the publication of Great Doctors of the Nineteenth Century, biographical essays of selected British physicians by Sir William Hale-White. (The hyphen was added after his father's death.) Born in London, the son of a clerk in the admiralty who was himself well known as a novelist under the nom de plume Mark Rutherford, William entered Guy's Hospital as a medical student at 17 and obtained his MB at 22 from the University of London.1 Returning to Guy's Hospital, he served as house physician and later as demonstrator of anatomy, and at the early age of 33 became a full physician.
Hale-White's contributions to the medical sciences covered a great number of