BOWMAN, William. 17176



Autograph Letter Signed, to the Revd. J.R.Blakiston, about the election of Farrar to the Royal Society, adding condolences on the death of Blakiston’s “fine noblehearted brother”. 2 pp. 7 x 4½ inches, fine. 5 Clifford Street, 10 February 1866. Sir William Bowman, first baronet (1816–1892), ophthalmic surgeon and anatomist. Bowman became the leading ophthalmic surgeon in London after the death of John Dalrymple in 1852. As an ophthalmic surgeon Bowman maintained a constant interest in new techniques and new technologies, and he modified or developed a number of surgical procedures, including the treatment of lacrimal obstruction, antiglaucoma iridectomy, and the removal of soft cataracts by a suction instrument (which he performed under chloroform anaesthesia).