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Professor Benjamin Alcock BA MB MRCSI

Professor of Anatomy and Physiology Queen's College Cork 1849-1855

Benjamin Alcock the first Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Queen's College Cork, was a prominent anatomist.  Alcock was born in Kilkenny in 1801 and was educated in Dublin studying Anatomy in Trinity College. He graduated with a BA in 1821 and 1825 obtained the diploma of LRCSI. In 1827 he was awarded the degree of MB at Dublin University and was elected MRCSI in the same year. In 1837 became Professor of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in the newly opened School of the Apothecaries' Hall Cecilia Street Dublin. 

Alcock was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Queen's College Cork in 1849. Alcock held his Chair in Cork for only a few years, his professorship was eventful and turbulent and finally due to a number of disputes was forced to resign in 1854.

In the ‘Cyclopaedia of Anatomy and Physiology’ a work in six volumes published between 1836 and 1839 Alcock describes the 'Alcock canal’  also known now as the ‘pudendal canal’ which is an anatomical structure in the pelvis through which the internal pudendal artery veins and  nerve pass 1.

Further Reading

Benjamin Alcock The first Professor of Anatomy and Physiology in Queen's College Cork. By Ronan O' Rahilly. Cork University Press (1948).

A Glimpse of Our Past Benjamin Alcock (1801–?) and his Canal 

(2012) CLINICAL ANATOMY,  Kim Oelhafen, Brian Shayota, Mitchel Muhleman, Zachary Klaassen, R. Shane Tubbs, and Marios Loukas,

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