The Secret Life of Dr James Barry

The Secret Life of Dr James Barry : Victorian England's Most Eminent Surgeon

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James Barry was an innovative medical pioneer, radical humanitarian and flamboyant dandy who traversed the British Empire during the nineteenth century. He campaigned tirelessly for the humanitarian rights of the patient. On three continents, Barry implemented new methods of hygiene, sanitation, quarantine, diet and effective treatment of some of the most virulent diseases known to the age. Barry's medical reforms saved the lives of thousands of people. But Barry was not what he seemed. He courted controversy throughout his life - sexual scandal, a fiery temper, extravagant dress and rampant vegetarianism set him apart from his fellows. Yet, all the while he concealed a secret that went right to the heart of his identity. Rachel Holmes pursues Barry's tumultuous adventures across the globe, bringing alive through vivid storytelling this extraordinary Victorian who caused outrage wherever he went. A fascinating story of nineteenth century science and the mysteries of sexuality, "James Barry" brings to life one of the most enigmatic figures of his time. Wherever Barry went he sparked gossip, made enemies and inspired relentless curiosity about his identity, yet through it all he defiantly lived a life that otherwise would have been denied more

Product details

  • Paperback | 335 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 26mm | 299.38g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752441396
  • 9780752441399
  • 1,151,581

About Rachel Holmes

Rachel Holmes completed her PhD under Roy Porter, and then held lectureships in English at the University of Sussex, and Queen Mary College at the University of London. In 1998 she became part of the launch team of, and was Web Site Manager of the Amazon UK site before leaving in December 2002 to pursue a full-time writing career. She has judged several literary prizes, including the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction, and has appeared on Any Questions and Newsnight more

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