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Thomas Forrest Cotton (1884–1965)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

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Canadian-born Thomas Cotton (1884–1965) was the first to recognise that clubbed fingers are a sign of subacute bacterial endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. Cotton was educated in Montreal before working at University College Hospital in London. At the Military Hospital, Hampstead, Cotton worked with the famous physician William Osler, carrying out investigations on soldiers’ hearts.

Royal College of Physicians, London

London

  • Date

    1929

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    55.8 x 45.7 cm

  • Accession number

    X129

  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by the sitter, 1967

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Royal College of Physicians, London

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