- Born 6 October 1793, London
- 1815-1818 apprenticeship with Sir Astley Paston Cooper
- 1845 – elected Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons
- Died of cholera 23 August 1849
Key Medical Attributions:
- 1824 – Key introduced the operation for division of the prostate gland in lithotomy with the straight staff, using only a single knife. The success of his operations established his reputation as a surgeon
- Key CA. A short treatise on the section of the prostate gland in lithotomy; with an explanation of a safe and easy method of conducting the operation on the principles of Cheselden. 1824.
- Key CA. A memoir on the advantages and practicability of dividing the stricture in strangulated hernia on the outside of the sac : with cases and drawings. l1833.
- Key CA. The anatomy and surgical treatment of abdominal hernia. Philadelphia, Lea & Blanchard. 1844.
- Key CA. Case of Axillary Aneurism successfully treated by tying the Subclavian Artery. Med Chir Trans. 1827;13(Pt 1):1-272.6. [PMC2116511]
- Key CA. Report on primary syphilitic cases. 1840.
- Key CA. On the Ulcerative Process in Joints. Med Chir Trans. 1833;18(Pt 1):208-49. [PMC2116561]
- Key CA. Further Remarks on the Ulcerative Process. Med Chir Trans. 1835;19:134-51. [PMC2116758]
- Treves F. The Surgeon in the Nineteenth Century. Boston Med Surg J 1900; 143:197-203
- Biography: Key, Charles Aston (1793 – 1849). Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows Online. Royal College of Surgeons of England. [Full text]
- Mulcahy R. The early descriptions of aortic incompetence. Br Heart J. 1962 Sep;24(5):633-6. [PMC1017929]
- Ma I, Tierney LM. Name that murmur–eponyms for the astute auscultician. N Engl J Med. 2010 Nov 25;363(22):2164-8.[PMID 21105801]
- Malik PK, Ahmad M, Rani A, Dwivedi S. The men who picked the truant notes in heart sounds. Astrocyte 2015;1:305-8. [PDF]
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