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By John Henderson

Ernest Starling (1866-1927) was once pre-eminent within the golden age of British body structure. His identify is mostly linked to his legislation of the guts, yet his discovery of secretin (the first hormone whose mode of motion used to be defined) and his paintings on capillaries have been extra very important contributions. He coined the be aware 'hormone' 100 years in the past. His research of capillary functionality verified that equivalent and opposite Read more...

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Offers from Oxford A b o u t a week after Ernest a n d Florence arrived in Breslau, a letter came from B u r d o n Sanderson in Oxford. T h e letter has n o t survived, b u t we have Ernest's answer; Sanderson was offering h i m a j o b (Starling, 1892). 1892 Dear Professor Sanderson If we had got your letter a month ago, we should have jumped at the idea of going to Oxford—my wife and I would like nothing better than to stay in Oxford—and I would rather work there than anywhere else . . I think it is so important not to have too much teaching work while I am mainly a student—that I don't think it would be wise now to give up my teaching post at Guy's at present .

Words like "lecturer," "demonstrator," "senior," and "junior" are used with a certain abandon. Proposals were sometimes voted on, and sometimes not. The Dean had to arbitrate over the distribution of lectures among the teachers. Departmental heads (who did not exist at this time) would have made such decisions outside the committee. 40 1890-1899 May 9th 1890: 'That Mr E. H. ' 'That Dr Washbourn and Dr Starling be recommended as colecturers in Physiology with Mr Golding-Bird, sharing between them in equal parts 14 of the remuneration at present assigned to the lecturer in Physiology (4V^ shares) [this is rather obscure].

In fact, he was more than keeping-up with her, because on December 21,1891, they were married at St. Thomas' Church, Portman Square. It all seems rather abrupt, but there are no surviving family documents from this time, so we know little of the circumstances of the wedding. The marriage certificate was witnessed by Ernest's mother, Ellen StarUng (Father Starling being in Bombay) and by Florence's uncle, Gustav Sieveking. Marriage to an old friend's widow could involve a few psychological hangups; if this were so, there were no outward signs of them.

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