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Biographical entry Shuter, James (1846 - 1883)

MRCS July 21st 1874; FRCS June 8th 1876; MA, MB Cantab 1875; LLB Lond 1868.

1 November 1883
Tufnell Park
General surgeon


The only son of James Legasie Shuter, a well-known merchant in Covent Garden and Farringdon Road markets. He spent some of his early life in France, where he learnt to speak French faultlessly and fluently. He was sent to the Thanet Collegiate School at Margate in 1858, remained there for four years, and left after taking a first-class certificate at the College of Preceptors with honours in several subjects. He attended lectures at King's College, London, in 1862, gaining prizes in mathematics and French. Two years later - in 1864 - having matriculated at the University of London, he entered Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and took his BA degree with honours in the Mathematical Tripos in 1868. He also graduated LLB in the University of London in 1868. He attended Adden¬brooke's Hospital at Cambridge from 1868-1870, where he came under the influence of George M Humphry (qv), and on Oct 1st, 1870, he entered St Bar¬tholomew's Hospital, devoting himself at first to the study of chemistry, botany, and physics.

He served as House Surgeon to Luther Holden from October, 1874, obtaining the House Surgeon's prize at the end of his year of office. He then became House Physician to Dr. Patrick Black until October, 1876, having graduated MA, MB at Cambridge in 1875. He spent a few months in Paris at the end of the year 1876 to take a course of operative surgery, and on his return to London began to practise as a consulting surgeon at 58 New Broad Street, EC. In 1878 he was appointed Assistant Demonstrator of Anatomy at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and in 1879 became Assistant Surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. He applied for election as Assistant Surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital in March, 1882, when he came out bottom of the poll with 33 votes, Harrison Cripps (qv) receiving 53 and W J Walsham (qv) 56. He was more successful on March 28rd, 1882, when he obtained 127 votes, Jonathan F. Macready (qv) 48, and Charles Bell Keetley (qv) only a single vote.

He died accidentally as a result of an overdose of morphia at Lawn House, Tufnell Park, on Nov 1st, 1883, and was buried at Kensal Green. He was unmarried.

Shuter was a good teacher of anatomy, and as a 'coach' was successful in passing students at the examinations, for he was earnest, painstaking, and trustworthy. He was beginning to make a name for himself as a surgeon, and at the time of his death a discussion was in progress at the Clinical Society upon his method of stripping off the periosteum during amputation in order to obtain a better stump. He contributed frequently to the medical journals, and was one of the co-editors of the sixth (1882) edition of Luther Holden's Osteology and the editor of the third (1881) edition of the same author's Landmarks Medical and Surgical.

Shuter had a large city connection, and was instrumental in inducing the late Charles Kettlewell to present £16,000 to St Bartholomew's Hospital for the erection of a Convalescent Home at Swanley in Kent. His sister Agnes married H Work Dodd (qv).

In person Shuter was above the average height, a little inclined to embonpoint, of fair complexion, with a full blue eye, dark eyelashes, and a brown beard. In general conversation he was cheerful, ready, fluent, and well informed on the general topics of the day.

Progressive Muscular Atrophy, 8vo, London, 1875. Thesis for Cambridge MB.

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