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January 1955

Sir William Gowers 1845-1915; A Biographical Appreciation

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1955;73(1):122. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1955.02330070124015

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For those who want to know or to review their knowledge about the origins and development of the National Hospital in Queen Square, London, this little book about Sir William Gowers will inform and entertain them. Concerning the hero himself, nothing particularly definitive seems to have been garnered prior to Gowers' apprenticeship to a local physician, Dr. Thomas Simpson, of Coggeshall in Essex. From that point on, Critchley outlines for us the tremendous industry and intellect of Gowers and his rapid flowering into the master who was perhaps "the greatest clinical neurologist of all times."

Gowers lived from 1845 to 1915. His adult life spanned the time when the specialty of neurology was under development. His productive life was spent in that unique institution, the National Hospital for the Relief and Cure of the Paralyzed and the Epileptic. He was but ten years the junior of his colleague, the great

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