March 27, 1967


JAMA. 1967;199(13):1000-1001. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03120130086021

Richard Lower, pupil and research associate of Thomas Willis, was born at Tremeere near Bodmin, Cornwall; Richard was educated at Westminster School where he obtained a scholarship to Christ Church, Oxford. In succession he qualified for his degrees, the AB and the AM, and in 1665 the MD. For a number of years his destiny in the study of medicine and in research in anatomy, especially of the nervous system, was interwoven with that of Willis, whom he followed eventually to London. There Lower established a practice, was elected to Fellowship in the Royal Society in 1667, and to the Royal College of Physicians in 1675. His medical writing began at Oxford where he published a defense of Willis' work on fevers and in turn was credited with assisting in the preparation of De Cerebro. Although Lower's later contributions are associated with London, his identity with the remarkable group of