Biography of William Ewart
William Ewart was born in London, but his mother was French. He was educated partly in England and at the University of Paris, and joined the medical school at St. George’s Hospital in 1869. He qualified L.R.C.S. in 1871 and L.R.C.P. in 1872. In 1877 he graduated in the natural science tripos from Cambridge, gaining his M.B. degree in 1877. After working in Berlin, he spent his career at St. George's Hospital and the Brompton Hospital. In 1882 he retired from Brompton when was elected assistant physician at St. George’s Hospital, becoming full physician in 1887. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 1881 and was conferred doctor of medicine in 1882. Ewart retired in 1907.
- «They were always anxious to give unaided nature her last chance, by which they often seemed to deprive the patient of his.»
On the German surgeons reluctance to operate during the Franco-Prussian War, when Ewart worked in a field hospital. The French performed 14.000 amputations during this war and 10.000 of these died of sepsis so the German’s reluctance to operate was well founded.