Edward Hallaran Bennett

Edward Hallaran Bennett

Edward Hallaran Bennett (1837 – 1907) was an Irish Surgeon.

Bennett created and curated a substantial collection of fractures, dislocations, diseases, and bones, which he arranged and catalogued, together with their clinical histories, in the Pathological Museum of Trinity College.

Early adopter surgeons of Lister’s antiseptic technique which he introduced into Dublin.

Eponymously affiliated with the Bennett fracture (1882)

  • Born 9 1837 April Charlotte Quay, Cork
  • 1854 – 1859 Medical school Trinity School, Dublin (AB, MB) and first graduate to receive the new degree of MCh
  • 1863 – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland (FRCSI)
  • 1864 – Surgeon to Sir Patrick Dun’s Hospital and University Anatomist
  • 1873 – Succeeded Robert William Smith as Professor of Surgery and Curator of the Pathological Museum, Trinity College
  • 1880 – President of the Dublin Pathological Society
  • 1884 – President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland
  • 1894-1897 President of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland
  • 1902-1905 Surgeon to the Lord Lieutenant, the Earl of Dudley
  • Died 21 June 1907, Dublin

Described as a “model of honour and uprightness, blunt (sometimes emphatically so) and intolerant only of pretence. He was known popularly as ‘the Boss’.

Medical Eponyms

Bennett fracture (1882)

Two part intra-articular fracture of the base of the first metacarpal bone

Other eponyms

Bennett double ring splint – metal splint that slips on the finger and limits hyperextension of the proximal interphalangeal joint.

The Bennett Medal – (1907) awarded to the Surgical Traveling Prize in the School of Physic, Trinity College. Medallion with Bennett portrait, fractured first metacarpal and inscription ‘Viri in Fractis Ossibus Collocandis Sollertissimi

The Bennett Medal

Major Publications


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the person behind the name

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