Scanty Particulars: The Strange Life and Astonishing Secret of Victorian Adventurer and Pioneer Surgeon James BarryBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7349.1341 (Published 01 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1341
- Irvine Loudon, medical historian
Viking, £14.99, pp 352
ISBN 0 670 89099 5
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 …