Thomas Blizard Curling, consulting surgeon to the London Hospital for many years, was born in Tavistock Place, London; his father was Secretary to the Commissioners of Customs.1 Thomas' primary education was gained at Manor House, Cheswick, and at the early age of 21, without an MD degree, he obtained appointment as assistant surgeon to the London Hospital through the recommendation and influence of his uncle, Sir William Blizard. This post was held until 1849 when he advanced to surgeon, a position he filled until 1869. Curling stayed in London for a few years following retirement from the Hospital, but before the age of 60 he left practice to live in Brighton. He died in Cannes, France.
The opportunities associated with the London Hospital and Medical School gave Curling a rich and varied experience for the study of clinical matters and description of pathological findings. He was a meticulous worker