A surgical superstar
Peter Cross is wowed by Harold Ellis
- By: Peter Cross
Harold Ellis doesn't seem like someone who's entered his ninth decade. But he has. Soon it will be 50 years since Clinical Anatomy, the standard anatomy textbook, first appeared. It's now in its 11th edition, and still going strong. Professor Ellis has slowed down a bit: now he says he works part time—Monday to Fridays—when once he also worked weekends and evenings.
I first chanced across Ellis some years ago at a public lecture at the Old Operating Theatre near Guy's Hospital, London. His talk was nigh on perfect: engaging, informative, brought alive with vivid word pictures and a peppering of anecdotes and amusing asides. When he isn't lecturing he is based in the Hodgkin's Building at Guy's. You get to his office on the top floor passing en route a collection of marble busts of medicine's good and great.
Given his passion for the history of surgery, it seems