, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp 489-503

The contribution of William Hunter (1718–1783) to the study of bone and joint disease

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William Hunter (1718–1783), the elder of the two famous Hunter brothers, is best known for his remarkable book The Anatomy to the Human Gravid Uterus, and for his contributions to the art of midwifery. However, Hunter also made significant observations in cardiovascular disease, in comparative anatomy, and paleopathology. It is perhaps not sufficiently known that he also made significant contributions in rheumatic disease, and in particular, the anatomy and physiology of cartilage.