As a medical scientist Paget bridges the gap between eighteenth-century theorizing and the new scientific methods of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His strength as a scientist was his skill as an observer and describer of natural structures and phenomena; it remained for the following generation of medical scientists to apply such disciplines as chemistry to anatomy and physiology. Like many of his professional colleagues, Paget was a man on the rise, but he was also scrupulously ethical and a serious scholar and teacher. Paget epitomized the social mobility and public success that could be attained in the Victorian medical profession.