By Adrian Marston
Hamilton Bailey used to be a mythical determine in the course of his lifetime. he's nonetheless perceived as an exceptional doctor, even though his reputation rests much less upon his prowess within the working theatre than on his features as a author and instructor. His textbooks, even if regularly rewritten and up-to-date, nonetheless command world wide revenues. Of all those that have ever written approximately surgical procedure, Bailey is surely by way of a ways the main largely learn. a wide, robust guy, with an air of self-confidence and authority, he had no hassle in dominating these round him, yet this implementing body hid a stricken and fragile brain. there has been a relations heritage of psychological disease, and an accumulation of stresses and tragedies eventually broke him down. What represents essentially the most amazing case histories in twentieth-century psychiatry. initially released in 1999, this biography tells the tale of Bailey's remarkable lifestyles, within the gentle of a lot clean facts and unique examine.
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The Unit was accommodated in the Hotel Astoria, while the local Red Cross Chief, Sir Alfred Keogh, looked around for a suitable site for a base hospital in the neighbourhood of Malines. For the time being, there semed very little for the Unit to do. Three days after their arrival, a Belgian Count turned up at the hotel in a car flying the Red Cross, and requested the names of two surgeons who would volunteer to go to an outlying village which was under bombardment. Captains Austin and Elliott collected a few instruments and set off.
The scared physicians retreated and a wooden operating table was brought into the basement of the Palace. With great difficulty Treves drained a life-threatening septic appendix from the depths of the royal abdomen. This was the kind of operation that was to become all too familiar to Bailey in later years. Nowadays such a procedure would be quite simple, even for a surgeon in training, but the difficulties in 1902, given the absence of fluid replacement and antibiotics, and even more importantly of relaxant anaesthetic drugs, which could soften the abdominal wall and simplify the approach, were unimaginable.
The library has been enriched by the addition of many volumes for Sunday and week-day reading. A high moral and spiritual standard is observable among the boys, and the senior boys' influence in the school is all that I could desire. (Cheers) St Lawrence's was typical of the semi-private institutions that were springing up all round England at that time. These represented a middle ground of education, created by the demands of the upwardly mobile semi-professional classes, who while dissatisfied with the facilities offered by the Board and parochial schools were at the same time unable to afford the fees demanded by the more prestigious places such as Eton, Winchester, Rugby and Marlborough.