Scanty Particulars by James; Holmes, Rachel Scott Russell Barry
The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria's Most Eminent Military Doctor

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Presents an intriguing look at the life and times of Dr. James Barry, Britain's foremost military doctor, a man who worked tirelessly to improve the lives of free and enslaved Africans, women, lepers, and the poor but whose career as a blamboyant bon vivant sparked gossip, relentless enemies, and international scandal. 30,000 first printing.
 

About James; Holmes, Rachel Scott Russell Barry

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Rachel Holmes attended King's College, London, and received her doctorate from Queen Mary and Westfield College, London. She has held professorships at the University of London and the University of Sussex. She judged the 2000 Whitbread Novel Award and the 2001 Orange Prize for Fiction. She writes for many newspapers and journals, and is a frequent broadcaster. She resides in London, where she is completing a biography of Saartjie Baartman, the Hottentot Venus.
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Random House Inc.
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Scanty Particulars: The strange life and astonishing secret of Victorian adventurer and pioneering surgeon James Barry Rachel Holmes Viking £14.99, pp338 The magnetic James Barry, aka the 'kapok doctor', strides through these pages accumulating a life around him something like a nineteenth-centur...

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This fascinating exploration of the life of James Barry, a British doctor who, as Holmes shows, was one of the leading and most controversial innovators of 19th-century medicine, might be seen as an academic version of the movie The Crying Game.

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One can't help but expect great things from a subtitle that heralds ''The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria's Most Eminent Military Doctor.'' And for the most part, the story stays true to its word: A flamboyant dandy and early vegetarian, James Barry rallied for healt...

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