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Chapter 13 - Last Orders: The Temperance Movement

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  06 January 2022

Michael J. Aminoff
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University of California, San Francisco
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In 1911, when the Daily Mail announced that Horsley had won the international Lallelongue Prize for surgery, it added a personal anecdote. At his club, a friend had asked him whether he could say what whisky was. “Certainly,” remarked Sir Victor, “it is the most popular poison in the world.”1 Horsley is remembered for his strong views on alcohol and for his monumental row about its effects with Karl Pearson, a man who was as fond of controversy and as outspoken as Horsley. Pearson, professor of applied mathematics (and later the first Galton professor of eugenics) at University College, had established there a biometrics laboratory and the Francis Galton Laboratory for National Eugenics and was interested in the relative importance of heredity and environmental factors in evolution.

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Victor Horsley
The World's First Neurosurgeon and His Conscience
, pp. 143 - 150
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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