Gowers the writer and lecturer

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:
Gowers the writer and lecturer

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The close attention Gowers gave to his patients, and the meticulous records he kept of each case, provided the raw material he drew on to develop the hypotheses in his research papers. His lectures were based primarily on his own research; the lectures, in turn, were often published. Well after he had established his reputation as a writer, he explained his underlying principle:

In general it is a mistake to publish single cases. Far better to work up single points or publish a special case after working up its points comparatively. Nothing pays except that which gives some new suggestion. The great thing is to create a feeling in the reader—I must not miss anything else this man says.

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Subjects: Neurology ; History of Medicine

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