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British neurologist Sir William Gowers (1845 to 1915)

In A Manual of Diseases of the Nervous System (1888), British neurologist William Gowers (1845 to 1915) presented a clear account of how to optimally perform the Romberg test, adding instructions that the patient should assume a narrow base as part of the test. (Photograph courtesy of the National Library of Medicine.)

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