Family and schooling in Victorian England

Ann Scott, Mervyn Eadie and Andrew Lees

in William Richard Gowers 1845-1915

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Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199692316
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753527 | DOI:
Family and schooling in Victorian England

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William Richard Gowers was born in 1845, eight years after Queen Victoria came to the throne. His achievements as a neurologist were formally recognized by the Queen when he received a knighthood in the Diamond Jubilee honours in 1897. Gowers’ career reflects many of the characteristics of the Victorian era identified by Asa Briggs:

The key words of the times were ‘thought’, ‘work’ and ‘progress’. Clear thinking was preferred to impulse or prejudice and the battle of ideas to the dictatorship of slogans; hard work was considered the foundation of all material advancement; and both clear thinking and hard work were deemed essential to continued national progress.

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Subjects: Neurology ; History of Medicine

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