Bransby Blake Cooper

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'The Cooper's Adz versus the Lancet' Bransby Blake Cooper being poked in the posterior by a lancet, possibly Thomas Wakley, founder of the medical journal The Lancet.

Bransby Blake Cooper FRS, (2 September 1792, Great Yarmouth-18 August 1853, London) was an English Surgeon.[1]

Bransby was the son Dr Samuel Cooper, a Church of England clergyman and grandson of Maria Susanna Bransby, the author of several novels. At an early age he resolved to join the Royal Navy, signing on as a midshipman on HMS Stately in 1805. However, he suffered from sea-sickness to such an extent he had to abandon any nautical career.[2]

He was influenced by his uncle, Astley Cooper to enter medicine.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Cooper, Bransby Blake - Biographical entry - Plarr's Lives of the Fellows Online". Royal College of Surgeons of.
  2. ^ "Biographical Sketch of Bransby Blake Cooper, Esq. F.R.S. Senior Surgeon to Guy's Hospital". The Lancet. 56 (1409): 270–276. 31 August 1850. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(02)89889-0. ISSN 0140-6736. Retrieved 31 December 2017.