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The Scanty Particulars By Rachel Holmes

The Scanty Particulars
by Rachel Holmes

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In 1826, the radical and enigmatic Dr James Miranda Barry performed the first successful caesarian section. The controversy of his medicine, sexual scandals and battles with the establishment were made all the more remarkable when judged by the questions raised by a witness to Barry's death.
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The Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr. James Barry by Rachel Holmes

A biography of the enigmatic Doctor James Miranda Barry, who performed the worlds first successful recorded caesarean section. Posted by the army as staff surgeon, Barry spent much of his career traversing the globe and eventually 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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About Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes spent her childhood between South Africa and England, and is now Managing Editor of Formerly a lecturer in English at the Universities of London and Sussex, she a regular speaker and multimedia commentator on literature and current affairs and was a judge for the Whitbread Prize in 2001. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Betwixt-and-between; "an eagle's eye, a lady's hand, and a lion's heart"; an absolute phenomenon; Sieketroost; sacrificed to infamy; "my good name"; Doctor Jamaica; insular obsessions; the last post; beyond a doubt; Habeas Corpus.

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The Scanty Particulars: The Life of Dr. James Barry by Rachel Holmes
Rachel Holmes
Used - Very Good
Penguin Books Ltd
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