Sir Thomas Spencer Wells (18181897):
gynaecological surgeon

Sir Thomas Spencer Wells
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Spencer Wells achieved success from a background without money or social standing. He pioneered the controversial ovariotomy operation and in 1865 published Diseases of the ovaries, later becoming surgeon to Queen Victoria's household.

In 1860, he lectured at the Grosvenor School of Medicine on The Revival of the Turkish, or ancient Roman bath.

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Turkish baths for animals. Part 3: Turkish baths for racehorses

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