Sir William Lawrence, English eye surgeon

Sir William Lawrence, English eye surgeon

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Caption: Sir William Lawrence (1783-1867), English eye surgeon. Sir Lawrence taught anatomy & physiology at the Infirmary for Diseases of the Eye (later to become the Moorfields Eye Hospital), London. He was considered one of the most distinguished eye surgeons of the early 19th century. He taught the Canadian William Beaumont, and together they invented various surgical instruments including the "iris forceps". These allowed the removal of portions of the iris without tearing the cornea. He was accused of blasphemy following a number of papers that described mankind as one of the animal species. These were withdrawn, but so popular that they continued to be printed illegally.

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