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Sir Ludwig Guttmann (1899–1980) by unknown photographer, 1977 © UPPA/Photoshot

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Guttmann, Sir Ludwig (1899–1980), neurosurgeon, was born on 3 July 1899 in Tost, Upper Silesia, into a Jewish family, the first born, and the only son, among the four children of Bernhard Guttmann, an innkeeper and distiller, and his wife, Dorothea, daughter of ...

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Oven, Joshua van (1766–1838), surgeon and educationist, was born in London, the son of Abraham van Oven (d. 1778), physician, who according to family tradition was of Spanish descent. He had settled in London from Holland shortly after qualifying at Leiden in 1759. Both were Hebrew scholars and each in turn combined private medical practice with service as honorary medical officer to the poor of the ...

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Rickards, Esther (1893–1977), surgeon and socialist activist, was born on 13 July 1893 at 13 James Street, Paddington, London, one of seven children of John Edward Rickards (d. 1903?), veterinary surgeon, and his wife, Annie, formerly Somers. John Rickards had converted to Judaism in order to marry....