George Britton Halford was born in Petworth, Sussex, England back in 1824 to James and Nancy. He studied medicine in 1842. He became a member of the Royal College of Physicians in 1851, and the Royal College of Surgeons in 1852. He received his doctorate at the University of St. Andrews in 1854.
In 1857, he was giving lectures at the Grover Place school of medicine, London. In 1862, he was appointed professor of anatomy and pathology at the University of Melbourne. His classes were a full year longer than those existing in Great Britain and Ireland. It took thirty years before the United Kingdom adopted a minimum five-year course for the medical profession. He started out teaching three students, over the next 15 years the count grew to 70. He died in 1910.
What you may not know about George is that he founded the University of Melbourne School of Medicine.
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