David Bayford

David Bayford (1739 – 1790) was an English surgeon and physician.

In February I76I, Bayford (1739-1790) was present for an autopsy where an emaciated woman (Jane Fordham) of 62 died of ‘obstructed deglutition’ of many years standing. Dr Lucas performing the autopsy could find no cause. Bayford termed the condition dysphagia lusoria – difficulty in swallowing secondary to an aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA)


  • Born 1739, Hertfordshire
  • 1761 – Membership of the Company of Surgeons
  • Surgeon, of Prince’s Street Hanover-Square
  • Professor of Anatomy at Surgeon’s Hall
  • 1770 – Fellow of the Royal Society
  • 1782 – MD conferred by the Archbishop of Canterbury Frederick Cornwallis
  • 1787 – Disfranchised by the Company of Surgeons, and admitted a Licentiate of the College of Physicians
  • Died 16 April 1790

Medical Eponyms

  • Bayford-Autenrieth dysphagia [aka Dysphagia lusoria] (1787; 1807) – dysphagia secondary to an aberrant right subclavian artery (ARSA)

Major Publications


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the person behind the name

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