Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr James Barry

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Viking, 2002 - Great Britain - 338 pages
A biography of the enigmatic Doctor James Miranda Barry, who performed the worlds finest successful caesarean section. Posted by the army as staff surgeon, Barry spent much of his career traversing the globe and eventuall reaching the highest rank of Inspector General of hospitals. But throughout his career, Barry courted controversy - through his flamboyant dress, his dalliances with society women and his strange and enduringly intimate friendship with Lord Charles Somerset, Governor of South Africa. The mystery surrounding Barry climaxed after his death, when the servant who laid out his body made a most surprising revelation. This is the deeply personal tale of an very public person whose life unfolds amidst constant drama, a world of medical innovation and colonial adventure. A story at whose centre stands a remarkable individual whose lifetime of mystery is irresistibly alluring.

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User Review  - GailNyoka - LibraryThing

A thoroughly researched and highly readable history of the life and times of Dr. James Barry, whose death revealed a secret of the accomplished army surgeon in an age where women were barred from universities, the medical profession and the army. Read full review

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User Review  - sjanes - LibraryThing

Read in a couple of days while taking trains. As a person previously unfamiliar with Dr Barry's story, I found the account fascinating. Good use of scarce source material. Read full review


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