1 January 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

New Year’s Day in bed! What a life! I found myself last night with a temp. of 100 + got Dav. [Graham, co-partner] to examine me when he found rales at both bases1. So I kept quiet + took mixture with creosote. It. Was a glorious day with keen frost and a cloudless sky. Got a nice letter from Mary Lockart [sic] which cheered me greatly. Missed the [illegible] concert by Mallalieu. Wellwood, Elmpark, Helen + the Grahams1 all went together. Felt very seedy all day but was cheered when they all came in to wish me a “Happy New Year”. At night my temp was 101.0.

1 Rales (Crackles) are clicking, bubbling or rattling sounds in the lungs; in Dr Muir’s case they are Bibasal crackles i.e. in both lungs

2 The Roberts family, Mrs Mackintosh and perhaps her son James Erskine Harper (see diary entry for 2 January), Helen Muir and Dr David and Norah Graham

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/23, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1920]

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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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