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Scanty Particulars: The Strange Life and Astonishing Secret of Victorian Adventurer and Pioneer Surgeon James Barry

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1341
  1. Irvine Loudon, medical historian
  1. Wantage

    Rachel Holmes

    Viking, £14.99, pp 352 Embedded Image

    ISBN 0 670 89099 5

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    James Barry started his medical training in Edinburgh and undertook further study in London under Astley Cooper. He then joined the army as a surgeon and rose to be the most senior member of Her Majesty's Inspectors General of Hospitals.

    He spent almost all his working life abroad, where he “established a reputation as a vain, quarrelsome troublemaker.” He was also known as a highly skilled doctor, being one of the few of his time to perform a caesarean in which both mother and child survived. As a …

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