Scanty Particulars

Scanty Particulars : The Life of Dr. James Barry

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This is a biography of the enigmatic Dr James Miranda Barry, who performed the first recorded successful caesarean section. Posted by the army as staff surgeon, Barry spent much of his career traversing the globe and eventually reaching the higest 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. "Scanty Particulars" is the personal tale of an intensely public person whose life unfolds amidst constant drama, a world of medical innovation and colonial adventure.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • b&w illustrations and photographs, bibliography, index
  • 0140290850
  • 9780140290851

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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About Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes spent her childhood between South Africa and England. Formerly a lecturer in English at the Universities of London and Sussex, she is now Website Manager of, and a regular speaker, multimedia commentator, and guest on Newsnight Review. She lives in London.
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