Person NameGreenfield; William Smith (1846-1919); Professor; pathologist
HistoryWilliam Smith Greenfield succeeded Professor Sanders as Professor of Pathology at University of Edinburgh in 1881. He had been educated at University College, London and had been demonstrator of pathology at St Thomas's Hospital. Numerous papers contributed to the Pathological Society of London had attracted much attention and in 1878 he had been appointed professor of pathology in the Brown Institution, where he worked out the bacteriology of wool-sorters' disease.

On his appointment to the chair in Edinburgh, Greenfield introduced a new course of practical pathological histology which was conducted by his assistant German Sims Woodhead. He held the chair until 1912.

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