28 October 1919 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Still very cold. Neither David [Graham] nor I had any County work at all. Saw 8 town patients. Paid Burgh assessments + also sent final call of £200 for shares in Prov. Cinemat. Theatres Ltd.1 Finished letter to Pat. + sent him £5 for Xmas2. Wrote Robert Russell about his mother. Wind N. Bella [Paulin, housekeeper] in bed today with Menorrhagia + asthma. Tried her with Eupnine3 (Iodide / Caffeine).

1 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd, according to one source “1909 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd. is formed, with Ralph Jupp announced as Managing Director.” and “1920 Provincial Cinematograph Theatres owns some seventy cinemas” [source: https://memoriesofrxmp.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/History-of-the-Cinema-Industry.pdf accessed 2019.10.25]; they were later associated with Gaumont. There are archives of Provincial Cinematograph Theatres Ltd. at Parliamentary Archives ref. BBK, additional information NRA 19284 Aitken and at British Film Institute, Special Collections

2 Patrick Rodger Stewart ‘Pat’ Muir (1879-1961), Dr Muir’s only son, living in New Zealand since 1902

3 “Has been used with success in rheumatism and gout. Eupnine. Dose. – 1 to 4 drachms before meals. A French specialty containing caffeine and iodine. For asthma, emphysema, and arterio sclerosis.”, see Harrison, W and Westcott, W Wynn, 1908, ‘The Extra Pharmacopoeia of Martindale and Westcott’, 13th Edition, London, H K Lewis, page 210

[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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