19 August 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

On the whole a better day but still a cold N.E. wind + some showers. Saw 9 town cases cycling + John Nicolson [sic]1 at Viewfield twice. It always takes at least half an hour to wash out his bladder. Bella2 not as well + requiring Eupnine3. Paid some accts including Thomson’s for the wire netting, the items for which came to £13 odd. Sent the girls to the Picture House in the evening. Wrote Helen4.

1 John Nicholson, woollen mill foreman, retired, of 32 High Street, Selkirk was at Viewfield Nursing Home, suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis and chronic cystitis

2 Isabella ‘Bella’ Paulin (1873-), Dr Muir’s housekeeper

3 “For Bronchitis, Asthma, Emphysema and Bronchiectasis adjuvant in the treatment of Sequaelae of Influenza Messrs. Wilcox Jozeau market Eupnine Vernade in a palatable stable solution containing 10 per cent of caffeine iodide. Eupnine Vernade is the original product which exerts an intense action on the respiratory tract, stimulating the bronchial secretion and facilitating expectoration. It regulates and strengthens the heart, contracts the blood vessels of the splanchnic area, but dilates those of the heart and lung. Thus, although there is litle nett change in the blood pressure, the circulation of the blood through the lungs is stimulated, thereby mitigating stasis. Eupnine Vernade also exerts a powerful diuretic action, thus diminishing the strain on the heart. An advantage is that Eupnine Vernade does not give rise to iodism and it is palatable and stable, it is effective in small doses, thus rendering the cost of treatment relatively low; in the small size it is available at 2/4 and the large size at 4/-, less 10 per cent. professional discount.” [Source: The Post-Graduate Medical Journal, the oficial organ of the Pellowship of Medicine and Post-Graduate Medical Association, February, 1939 https://pmj.bmj.com/content/postgradmedj/15/160/local/admin.pdf%5D

4 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter

[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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