Nathaniel Highmore (surgeon)

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Nathaniel Highmore

Nathaniel Highmore (1613–1685) was a British surgeon.

Remembered for his anatomical studies, he published a well written treatise on human anatomy in 1651 noteworthy for its accurate and well written account of blood circulation. He is especially known for his description of the maxillary sinus, which used to be more popularly referred to as the antrum of Highmore. He is also known for describing the scrotal septum that divides the scrotum into the two sections that each house a single testicle.[1]

Highmore is buried at Purse Caundle in Dorset, where his father had been the rector.[2]


  1. ^ Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary Revised Ed. 2002, p. 49.
  2. ^ Sir Frederick Treves (1905). Highways and Byways in Dorset. Macmillan and Co. Ltd. p. 320.