Lane, William

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Lane, William Gender: M
William Arbuthnot Lane
born on 4 July 1856 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Fort George, Scotland, 57n3502, 4w0413
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wright
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William Lane (1930)


British surgeon and physician who mastered orthopaedic, abdominal, and ear, nose and throat surgery, while designing new surgical instruments toward maximal asepsis. He thus introduced the "no-touch technique", and some of his designed instruments remain in use.

Lane pioneered internal fixation of displaced fractures, procedures on cleft palate, and colon resection and colectomy to treat "Lane's disease"—now otherwise termed colonic inertia, which he identified in 1908—which surgeries were controversial but advanced abdominal surgery. During World War I, as an officer with the Royal Army Medical Corps, he organised and opened Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup, which pioneered reconstructive surgery. The late-Victorian and Edwardian periods' preeminent surgeon, Lane operated on socialites, politicians, and royalty. Lane thus attained baronetcy in 1913.

In the early 1920s, as an early advocate of dietary prevention of cancer, Lane met medical opposition, resigned from British Medical Association, and founded the New Health Society, the first organisation practicing social medicine. Through newspapers and lectures, sometimes drawing large crowds, Lane promoted whole foods, fruits and vegetables, sunshine and exercise: his plan to foster health and longevity via three bowel movements daily.

He died on 16 January 1943, aged 86, during a World War II blackout, when struck by a vehicle in Pall Mall, London.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Death by Accident 16 January 1943 (Struck by vehicle, age 86)
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Source Notes

Paul Wright's "A Multitude of Lives."


  • Personal : Death : Accidental
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (86)
  • Vocation : Medical : Physician
  • Vocation : Medical : Surgeon
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("No-touch technique")
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Lane's disease")