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The month’s update adds twelve new lives, featuring six key figures in the history of dyslexia, who laid the scientific grounds for its identification as a learning disorder and pioneered its treatment, introduced by Margaret J. Snowling. There are also new biographies of four nurses, a midwife, and an athletics coach. Read the introduction here.
Born in St Vincent, Annie Catherine Brewster accompanied her family to Britain, where she trained as a nurse. She worked for twenty years at the London Hospital, becoming nurse in charge of the ophthalmic wards and was recognized for her skill in a specialist area of nursing.