William Richard Gowers 1845-1915: Exploring the Victorian Brain

Hardcover | September 30, 2012

byANN SCOTT, Mervyn Eadie, Andrew Lees

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Sir William Richard Gowers was one of the pre-eminent clinical neurologists of the nineteenth century. He is best remembered for his discovery of the eponymous "Gowers' sign", for his invention of the patella hammer, and for authoring the classic two-volume neurology textbook Manual ofDiseases of the Nervous System. To date Dr Gowers has been the subject of only one published biography, while some aspects of Gowers' work have been chronicled in historical works regarding the history of neurology. This book goes into greater detail than ever, presenting the life story behind a great Victorian brain. Illustrated throughout with hundreds of family photographs and original sketches, the authors cover Gowers' early years, his clinical work at Queen Square, his accolades, and friendships withexplorers and famous authors. Co-authored by an academic with special access to the Gowers family archives and two leading neurologists, this book is the first definitive reference work on the life of William Richard Gowers, and will be of great interest to neurologists, neuroscientists, medicalhistorians, and laypersons with an interest in neurology and mental illness.

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Sir William Richard Gowers was one of the pre-eminent clinical neurologists of the nineteenth century. He is best remembered for his discovery of the eponymous "Gowers' sign", for his invention of the patella hammer, and for authoring the classic two-volume neurology textbook Manual ofDiseases of the Nervous System. To date Dr Gowers h...

Ann Scott is William Richard Gowers' great-granddaughter. She was born in London and grew up in Oxford. In 1963 she married Australian Rhodes Scholar, Roger Scott, and has subsequently lived in Kampala, Sydney, Belfast, Canberra, and for most of the last 35 years in Brisbane. She embarked on tertiary study in 1973 after her two childre...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Family and schooling in Victorian England2. Apprentice years 1861-23. Apprentice years 18634. Medical student 1863-18705. Choosing neurology6. Gowers and clinical diagnosis7. Gowers the researchers8. Gowers the writer and lecturer9. Life outside work10. 'Grand old man' of clinical neurology11. Gowers: the man, his work, and his legacy