David Bayford

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David Bayford
Born 1739
Died 1790 (aged 50–51)
Occupation Surgeon and Physician
Known for Dysphagia lusoria

David Bayford was a London surgeon, who practised from 1761 to 1782. In later years of his life he practised as a physician.[1]


In 1761, while still an apprentice surgeon, he made his discovery of the unique and bizarre cause—compression of the oesophagus by an aberrant right subclavian artery—of a fatal case of obstructed deglutition for which he coined the term dysphagia lusoria and for which he is eponymously remembered. This discovery remained unrecorded until 1787, when a paper describing the case was read on his behalf before the Medical Society of London.