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Biographical entry Jowers, Frederic William (1830 - 1893)

MRCS June 16th 1854; FRCS (elected as a Member of twenty years' standing) April 10th 1890; LSA 1855.

November 1830
17 May 1893
Haywards Heath
General surgeon


Born at Esher in November, 1830, and was educated at the Brighton College. At about the age of 18 he became a pupil at the Sussex County Hospital, and characteristically determined to become House Surgeon first, then Surgeon, and to practise in Brighton. He lacked influence and funds, but showed such energy and promise that the hospital staff and Board of Management presented him with fifty guineas, to enable him, as they said, to proceed to a house surgeoncy at St Bartholomew's if he felt disposed to do so "towards the close of his studies at that school". He entered St Bartholomew's as a student on Oct 1st, 1851, and gained the approval of his teachers by his hard work and ability in the wards. He was twice Prizeman for the best essay in clinical surgery, became House Surgeon to Eusebius A Lloyd, whose favourite pupil he was, although he most profited, in his own opinion, by the teaching of Edward Stanley in surgery and Sir George Burrows in clinical medicine. Late in 1855 he was appointed, on the recommendation of Dr William Baly, locum tenens for the Surgeon at Millbank Penitentiary, and was afterwards placed in charge of the Invalid Convict Hulks at Portsmouth. In 1856 he was elected House Surgeon at the Brighton Hospital, and thus began to realize his life's ambition. He straightway "infused new life and energy among the pupils". In those days he was a strict disciplinarian and most methodical in all his ways. Resigning this post in 1858, he married and joined the old-established firm of Tayler & Furner as junior partner. Soon afterwards he was elected the senior of the newly created Assistant Surgeons at the Sussex County Hospital, of which in a few years he became full Surgeon and held office till 1889, when he was made Consulting Surgeon.

Jowers was a cool, deliberate, and most successful operator, priding himself much on his success in lithotrity. He was kind in his manner towards his patients, considerate to those whom he met in consultation, but very firm of purpose. He had probably performed all the capital operations, keeping his head admirably in critical circumstances. He was constantly called in consultation in the south-eastern counties, and was in full, and sometimes very large, practice up to the time of his last illness. He died on May 17th, 1893, at his country residence near Haywards Heath (his Brighton address was at 27 and 28 Old Steyne), and was buried in Wivelsfield Churchyard. He was twice married, and of his five sons two were in the profession and Fellows at the time of his death, the elder succeeding him at the hospital and in practice. He retained a singular look of youth to the close of his active life, his light brown hair, his complexion, and figure being those of an active man of 45. He spoke seldom in public, but his occasional utterances were dignified and weighty. He wrote but little, his practice fully occupying all his time, especially during the Brighton season.

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