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Bromley, A. (1973). Edward Glover—1888-1972. Psychoanal Q., 42:173-177.
(1973). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 42:173-177
Alexander Bromley, M.D.
Dr. Edward Glover died in London on August 16, 1972, in his eighty-fifth year. During his terminal illness, the vigor of his mind remained undimmed, and he was able to work until the last few weeks. Even when confined to bed, he continued to write 'reviews and so on, to keep from being bored'. An eminent psychoanalyst and an exceptional human being, Edward Glover belonged to that group of pioneers who charted the course of the psychoanalytic movement in Britain, and who left their imprint on the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. This QUARTERLY remembers him with affection as a member of the Quarterly 'family'; he will be missed by us not only for the quality of his contributions but for the humor, kindliness, and warmth which enlivened his correspondence.
Edward, the youngest of three boys, was born on January 13, 1888, in Lesmahagow, a small town near Glasgow, where his father was schoolmaster. The Calvinist background, which both parents shared, was tempered by the wide scope of his father's scholarly interests and his Darwinian agnosticism. Something of the Lowland Scottish accent remained with Edward Glover all through his life, as did the rather deliberate mode of speech, the occasional pithy Soctticism, the love of old ballads and literary lore. He attended his father's school and then the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in 1909 at the age of twenty-one, M.B., Ch.B. with commendation. In 1915, he was granted the advanced M.D. degree, also with commendation. Glasgow University conferred an Honorary LL.D. on him in 1956.
The university years were a happy time which Edward Glover often recalled in later life. The prescribed studies came easily enough, so that there was ample time to 'rub off the Presbyterian edges', as he put it, and take an active part in the social and political ferment of the turn of the century. While retaining a lifelong concern for social issues, he was primarily involved in the years that followed in broadening his medical knowledge and experience in hospitals in Glasgow, London, and Birmingham where he specialized in diseases of the chest and learned careful research methods. By 1920, when a promising career in medicine was opening before him, he reached a crossroad.
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