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Sir William Turner (1832–1916) – Lancastrian, anatomist and champion of the Victorian era

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Medical Biography
Issue number4
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)500-506
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date3/03/15
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Sir William Turner, a Lancastrian, was renowned as a scientist, anatomist and a great reformer of medical education. His students became anatomists at various international institutions, which consequently shaped the future of anatomy as a subject matter both in the United Kingdom and in South Africa. Although Turner’s accomplishments have been documented, little is known about the details that determined his career path and the individuals that shaped his future. Here the authors aim to highlight some aspects of Turner’s academic achievements and his personal life as well as how he crossed paths with other great minds of the Victorian era including Richard Owen, Charles Darwin, James Paget and Joseph Lister.