John (“Jack”) Angell-James

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:224

Ear, nose, and throat surgeon and farmer who devised new operations and lived to 100

  1. Caroline Richmond

    Jack Angell-James was, in his day, the doyen of ear, nose, and throat surgeons. In the 1960s he pioneered two major new operations. One was transethmoidal hypophysectomy, harpooning the pituitary gland through the nose, using a microscope and instruments that he had designed. The operation left patients with a 1 cm incision and saved them from hugely invasive brain surgery. For a while the technique was used for some metastasised hormone dependent breast tumours. Few surgeons were sufficiently …

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