Publications by authors named "Ann E M Scott"

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William Gowers: the never completed third edition of the 'Bible of Neurology'.

Brain 2012 Oct 3;135(Pt 10):3178-88. Epub 2012 Sep 3.

Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4027, Australia.

William Gowers' classic single-authored two-volume A manual of diseases of the nervous system appeared in a first edition in 1886 and 1888, and in a second edition in 1892 and 1893, with a third edition of Volume 1 in 1899. No third edition of Volume 2 ever appeared. However, in 1949 Critchley stated that he had seen part of a revision of this volume. Subsequent writers could not find this material, but it recently came to light at Gowers' old hospital at Queen Square, London. The present paper describes the rediscovered material, containing Gowers' handwritten alterations for a further edition of Volume 2, and substantial new material, at least in relation to nystagmus and myasthenia. Gowers' declining health, or a conflict between his planned new text and his contributions to the neurology segments (1899) of Allbutt's System of medicine, may explain why a third edition of Volume 2 of the Manual of diseases of the nervous system never appeared.
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October 2012

W R Gowers 1895: two unpublished post-graduate lectures.

Brain 2012 Oct 6;135(Pt 10):3165-77. Epub 2012 Mar 6.

The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square London and the Reta Lila Weston Institute for Neurological Studies, University College London, UK.

On 10 May 1893, William Gowers began a series of weekly clinical demonstrations at the National Hospital for the Relief and Cure of the Paralysed and Epileptic at Queen Square, London. The contents of some of these demonstrations were published as 'Post-graduate Clinical Lectures' in the Clinical Journal, and in other learned periodicals. Some were also later included in his book Clinical Lectures on Diseases of the Nervous System. Recently, the manuscripts of what appear to be verbatim transcripts of two further but unpublished demonstrations from Gowers' course in 1895 came to light, one containing alterations made in Gowers' handwriting. The first concerned a case of disseminated sclerosis and its differentiation from hysterical paraplegia, the second transverse myelitis and its consequences for bladder function. Why these lectures were never published remains uncertain, but their relatively unedited contents reveal something of the neurological knowledge, diagnostic reasoning, clinical examination and teaching methods employed by one of the great pioneers of clinical neurology.
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October 2012