Zachary Cope

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Vincent Zachary Cope
February – December
Born (1881-02-14)14 February 1881
Kingston upon Hull, East Yorkshire, England
Died 28 December 1974(1974-12-28) (aged 93)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
Residence London
Nationality British
Education Westminster City School
Alma mater University of London
Occupation Surgeon, medical historian
Notable work
Spouse(s) Agnes Dora Newth (1909–1922, her death)
Alice May Watts (1923–1944, her death)
Children One daughter
Parent(s) Thomas John Gilbert Cope
Celia Ann Cope née Truscott

Sir Vincent Zachary Cope MD MS FRCS (14 February 1881 – 28 December 1974) was an English physician and surgeon perhaps best known for authoring the book Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute abdomen from 1921 until 1971.[1] The work remains a respected and standard text of general surgery to this day and new editions continue being published by editors long after his death,[2][3] the most recent one being the 22nd edition, published in 2010.[4]

Cope also wrote widely on the history of medicine and of public dispensaries.[1]


  1. ^ "Obituary: Vincent Zachary Cope, Kt., M.D., M.S., F.R.C.S". Medical History. 19 (3): 307–308. July 1975. doi:10.1017/s0025727300020317. ISSN 0025-7273. PMC 1081645Freely accessible. PMID 1095868. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Vincent Zachary Cope 1881–1974". British Journal of Surgery. 62 (8): 668–669. 1975. doi:10.1002/bjs.1800620820. ISSN 0007-1323. 
  3. ^ Balfour, Tom (2006). "Review: Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen". Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 99 (1): 42. doi:10.1258/jrsm.99.1.42. 
  4. ^ Cope, Zachary; Silen, William (January 2010). Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen (22nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-973045-2. LCCN 2009013093. OCLC 317664268. 

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