18 February 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Delightfully mild day. Winter Aconite1 in full flower. There are also some white + yellow crocuses unusually early. I cycled to Goslaw Green, Ashybank + gave chlor[oform] at the Home for a case of Hallux valgus2 on which D. [Dr David Graham] operated very cleverly. Then I came up Forest Road + down to Pinegrove. Got Jeannie Oliver down to the Home as D. advises extension for her knee. H + I walked to Whitlaw + met Mary Milne to see all the hounds at Bowden Moor + they had tea at Bridgeheugh. Had to see Jessie Clapperton, Heatherliebank at 10. The wind had then turned E. + it was raining.

1 Eranthis hyemalis or Winter Aconite, another common name is Winter Hellebore

2 Hallux valgus is “the commonest forefoot deformity, with an estimated prevalence of 23% to 35%. It causes symptoms on the medial edge of the foot, the sole, and the small toes” [Nikolaus Wülker, Prof. Dr. med. and Falk Mittag, Dr. med. ‘The Treatment of Hallux Valgus’ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3528062/]

3 Assume Eliza Clapperton, see Dr Muir’s diary entry for 20 February 1920

[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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