23 May 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Weather the same. Pretty warm. Wind S.W. light. I was going down to Mrs Blake about 10.30 when a message came to John Pringle [? ?] whose hernia was strangulated. I tried [? ? ?] but failed to reduce it so, as I had to go back to Mrs B, I called for D. [Dr David Graham, copartner]. I got Mrs Blake over about 5 a.m.1 [word deleted] (having given her hydrogen hydr. and chloroform) [word deleted] first + then Dav. came along in his car + operated on Pringle. I didn’t get to bed till after 7 + lay till 11. There was hardly a soul I’ll in the town. D. was at a [?] Board at Newtown [St Boswells] + in the afternoon I went down to Sunderland Hall stables. D. had to go to Shaws in the evening. Julia Pringle Left Wellwood today2.

1 Elizabeth Robertson Blake, daughter of Cecil Margaret Blake née Lawrie and William George Blake, engineering salesman and Lieutenant 11th Royal Scots, born 23 May 1919, at Fernlea, Anderson Road, Selkirk. Her parents had married 12 February 1918

2 There is a good chance that this is Dr Julia Letitia Pringle (1878-1960), M.B.; Ch.B., the daughter of the late Robert Pringle, Writer to the Signet, who studied medicine at the Medical College for Women, Edinburgh, graduating in 1903. Her wartime service appears to have commenced with her signing of a form for the Medical Recruiting Scheme 1916 in which her details are, in summary “Dr Julia Letitia Pringle, MB ChB Edinburgh, of Wellington Street, Dundee, serving on the General Practitioner Panel.” [Source: Scottish Medical Service Emergency Committee, see http://smsec.rcpe.ac.uk/registration-form/pringle-julia-letitia]

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/22, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1919]

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Archivist, interests include Dr John Stewart Muir 1845-1938) of Selkirk, general practitioner, and Seton Paul Gordon (1886–1977), naturalist, author and photographer

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