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BENJAMIN TRAVERS (1783-1858) OPHTHALMIC SURGEON

JAMA. 1966;198(4):481-482. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110170193036.
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Benjamin the first surgeons of England who, having pursued anatomy in a masterly fashion in preparation for general surgery, chose to consecrate his most productive years to the physiology and morbidity of the eye. Travers was born in Cheapside, the second of ten children in an affluent family in the sugar-baking (refining) business.1 After receiving a classical education at the grammar school of Cheshunt, Hertforshire, he was tutored until he entered his father's business at the age of 16. This excursion into trade was brief since he profoundly disliked commerce. He then turned to medicine, where his interests and talents received fitting rewards. Travers became the first pupil of Sir Astley Cooper, studying under and assisting his teacher at Guy's Hospital. The earlier attendance of his father at Cooper's lectures, a custom of the day for enlightened laity, seems an adequate explanation for the son's selection of a master.

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