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MJ Eadie
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Volume 40: Issue 3: 2010




James Ross (1837–1892) was an Aberdeen medical graduate who, after 13 years in rural general practice, mainly in Lancashire, became a pathologist and then physician to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and professor of medicine at Owens  College,  Manchester.  In  mid-career  he  developed  a  major  interest  in clinical neurology and became, apart from Byrom Bramwell in Edinburgh, the only contemporary  British  physician  outside  London  who  had  widely  recognised neurological  expertise.  Ross  made  several  notable  original  contributions  to neurological knowledge, particularly in relation to aphasia and peripheral neuritis.   He  wrote  the  entire  contents  of  the  two  editions  of  the  massive  two-volume A Treatise on the Diseases of the Nervous System (1881 and 1883), which was very favourably reviewed and commercially successful but which, like its author who died at the height of his powers, was soon forgotten once William Gowers’A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System became available in the late 1880s.