Lives of the fellows

Charles Gower

b.? d.April 1822
AB Oxon(1787) AM(1790) MD(1799) FRCP(1800)

Charles Gower, M.D., was born at Chelmsford, and was the son of Dr. Foote Gower, the historian of the county of Chester. He was educated at the Charterhouse and at Oriel college, Oxford, as a member of which he proceeded A.B. 8th May, 1787; A.M. 14th January, 1790; and then, accumulating his degrees in physic, graduated M.D. 13th February, 1799. He was admitted a Candidate of the College of Physicians 30th September, 1799; a Fellow, 30th September, 1800; was Gulstonian lecturer in 1802; Censor, 1803, 1812; and Harveian orator in 1814. Dr. Gower was elected physician to the Middlesex hospital 12th February, 1801; and retained that office until his death, which occurred in the early part of April, 1822. " Gower," writes Mr. Wadd, who knew him well, " had considerable talents, but they were directed every way but the right. He made medicine a plaything, never being steady in professional pursuits. His unsteadiness led him into difficulties, and he died in obscurity." Dr. Gower was the author of a small treatise entitled "Hints and Auxiliaries to Medicine." 8vo. Lond. 1819.

William Munk

(Volume II, page 470)

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