THE SON OF A lawyer, Henry Hollingsworth Smith was born in Philadelphia on December 10, 1815. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he also completed his medical studies (1837), and at the same time served as a private student of William Horner (1793-1853), professor of anatomy and dean of the school. Following graduation, Smith took a position as resident physician of Pennsylvania Hospital for 2 years. Believing his medical background to be incomplete, he spent 1840 and 1841 in Europe. Intending to make surgery his specialty, Smith returned to Philadelphia in the fall of 1841, where he began to teach private classes in minor surgery.
A limited number of Smith's A System of Operative Surgery were produced with "colored to life" plates. The shading helped highlight certain aspects of surgical technique, in this particular case "operations practiced at the lower portion of the neck."
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