5 November 1920 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Much nicer day with some sunshine. I felt better + was up + out. Saw 9 town cases walking + went to Faldonside1 with David [Graham] in the afternoon. Met Bramwell2 at 4. We had a long conversation but Bramwell could throw no further light on the case. He prescribed Sod. Iodide. Mrs Tom Brown3 was worse + David got Scott Skirving4 to come out at night to operate again. It was nearly 12 when D. came for me to go over and [sentence incomplete].

1 Phyllis Mary ‘Fiff’ Dees (1899-1920), daughter of Robert Irwin Dees (1872-1923) and Edith Mary Boileau Dees née Henderson, the new (1920) tenants at Faldonside; she had been involved in a car accident near Berrybush while travelling between the Gordon Arms and Tushielaw

2 Edwin ‘Ed’ Bramwell (1873-1952), Professor, M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.P.E., Scottish neurologist, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 1933 to 1935

3 Mary Ritchie Brown née Johnstone or Johnston (1876-1920), died 6 November 1920, of a gastric ulcer, aged 44, at Viewfield nursing Home, usual residence Gowanlea, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk; she was the daughter of Ebenezer Johnstone or Johnston, woollen pattern weaver, and Hannah Johnston or Johnston née Redpath, married 1873, Ladhope, and wife of Tom Brown, watchmaker

4 Archibald Adam Scott Skirving (1869-1930), M.B., C.M., lecturer in Clinical Surgery, Royal Edinburgh Infirmary

[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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