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John Cooper Forster


FORSTER, JOHN COOPER (1823-1886), British sur geon, was born on Nov. 13, 1823, in Lambeth, London, where his father and grandfather before him had been local medical prac titioners. He entered Guy's hospital in 1841, and was connected with the hospital from 185o onwards. In 1858 he performed prac tically the first gastrostomy in England for a case of cancer of the oesophagus. Among his best-known papers were discussions of acupressure, syphilis, hydrophobia, intestinal obstruction, modified obturator hernia, torsion, and colloid cancer of the large intestine; and he published a book on Surgical Diseases of Children in 186o, founded on his experience as surgeon to the hospital for children and women in Waterloo road. He became president of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1884 and died in London on March 2, 1886.