Scanty Particulars : The Life of Dr. James Barry
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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- Paperback | 352 pages
- 128 x 194 x 26mm | 258.55g
- 29 May 2003
- Penguin Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- New edition
- New edition
- b&w illustrations and photographs, bibliography, index
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.
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 Amazon.co.uk, and a regular speaker, multimedia commentator, and guest on Newsnight Review. She lives in London.