The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31
From J. Bell Pettigrew, M.D. Edin., F.R.S. Load.; Pathologist to Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh; Curator of Museum and Lecturer On Physiology, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh; Croonian Lecturer Royal Society, London, 1860. Author of numerous Anatomical and Physiological Memoirs. 57, Queen-street, Edinburgh, June 24th, 1872
June 24th, 1872.
I have known Dr. M. Coughtery intimately for a considerable period, and have formed a very high opinion of him as an Anatomist and original thinker. Dr. Coughtrey does great credit to the University of Edinburgh, and I have no hesitation in saying, would make a most admirable Demonstrator of Anatomy for the Liverpool School of page 7 Medicine. Indeed, I would consider that institution most fortunate if it secured his services. Dr. Coughtrey is remarkably well-informed on a great variety of subjects. He writes and talks with fluency and precision. He has educated his hands as well as his head, and I have never known one of his years who could handle a scalpel or pencil to better purpose. Dr. Coughtrey is also a most admirable modeller, so that he combines a variety of accomplishments, all of which are necessary to a thorough-going scientific Anatomist. To the above Dr. Coughtrey adds much energy and decision of character. He is affable and painstaking, and whatever he undertakes is well done. I had proof of this when he officiated for use, during an illness, as Pathologist to the Royal Infirmary. On that occasion I had reason to be thoroughly well satisfied with all he did. It would be impossible, in my opinion, to find one in every respect better qualified; and I heartily wish him success, for his own sake, and that of the institution with which he seeks to identify himself.
J. Bell Pettigrew.