The Morison pouch has assumed eponymic importance in biliary surgery.1 This is a review of the article in which he first described the hepatorenal space that has come to bear his name, with the intent of comparing current practice with that originally described.
James Rutherford Morison was born at Hutton Henry, Durham, on October 10, 1853. He graduated from the university in Edinburgh in 1874, after which he became a house surgeon to Patrick Heron Watson at the Royal Victoria Infirmary at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. It was here that Morison met and came under the influence of the great Lister. Watson, Morison's chief, opposed Lister's antiseptic concepts, but this did not deter young Morison from spending his free time as a dresser on Lister's wards.
After completing his tenure as house surgeon for Watson, Morison set up general practice in Hartlepool. He started his surgical activity at the Royal Victoria Infirmary