One hundred years ago: Edinburgh royal infirmary: kitchen concert

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 31 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:j

At the annual kitchen concert given by the residents of the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary the programme consisted of songs, recitations, pianoforte solos, etc, given by Drs James, Kennedy, Porter, Wilson, Shiels, and Drinkwater; also by Messrs Thorne, Gardiner, and Frost. At the end of the first part of the programme the resident physicians and surgeons gave a small play called A Trip to Moscow. The scene was laid in a Russian midwifery hospital at the time of the Medical Congress of 1897. The chief of the hospital was a certain Count Rumplesteelokin, a famous obstetrician, but in reality Mr F M Caird, an Edinburgh surgeon in disguise, he having gone over to the Congress in question. Various distinguished visitors in the persons of Professors T R Fraser, John Chiene, A R Simpson, and Dr Alexander James went to visit the hospital. There they recognise the obstetrician as Mr Caird, who, however, refuses to have anything to do with them and has them arrested as spies and Nihilists carrying infernal machines. Professor Simpson, for example, was arrested because he had in his possession an axis traction forceps. With difficulty they were released, and managed to find their way home. Several songs were sung during the piece by “Professor Fraser,” “Professor Simpson,” “Dr James,” and by the resident of the hospital. The Infirmary Cup was next presented to the winning Rugby football team from Wards 25 and 26, under the charge of Professor Fraser. Many of the senior members of the staff of the hospital were present as guests. The pleasant evening was closed with “Auld Lang Syne” and “God Save the Queen.” (BMJ 1898;i:36)

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