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Biographical entry Hensman, Arthur (1842 - 1893)

MRCS Nov 14th 1866; FRCS Dec 11th 1879; LM 1867; LRCP Edin 1869; LFPS Glasgow 1869.

1 November 1893
Anatomist and ENT surgeon


Born at Northampton, the younger son of John Hensman, a well-known local solicitor. He gained his medical education at the Northampton General Infirmary and University College Hospital, London. He commenced practice at Chatteris, near Cambridge, but in 1870 was appointed Demonstrator of Anatomy at Middlesex Hospital under Dr R Liveing, the Lecturer. He taught in the dissecting-room for the following twelve years, and published his Anatomical Outlines in 1878-1880, also his Introductory Lecture delivered on Oct 1st, 1877.

In 1881 he succeeded Henry Morris (qv) as Lecturer. In addition to being Demonstrator of Anatomy he had lectured in the summer session on botany and comparative anatomy. He was an admirable artist with chalk upon the blackboard, as well as an accomplished water-colour artist, sketching country scenes including animals, birds, and angling. Shortly after his election as Lecturer he was appointed Surgeon to the Throat and Ear Department and Lecturer on Aural Surgery. In 1891 he suffered from influenza which weakened his health, but on Oct 1st, 1893, he was able to take the chair at the largest dinner of Old Middlesex Students hitherto known. Alarming advances of Bright's disease set in, and he died on Nov 1st, 1893. He married in 1868 Miss Elizabeth Fisher, who survived him. One of his brothers was a barrister with a large practice in Australia.

Hensman wrote a standard text-book in four parts entltled, Anatomical Outlines for the Use of Students in the Dissecting Room and Surgical Classroom, with original drawings by Arthur E Fisher, 4to, plates, London, 1878-80.

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