4 January 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Passed a very broken night in smoke room + deplored my feeding since last Thursday! Gave chlor[oform] to Mrs Jas. Thomson1 at Viewfield while David operated, including to shorten the round ligaments but failed2. Nurse Smith came across + showed Mousey3 how to use the douche. Saw three cases + motored down to Lindean Shepherd’s house. Yesterday + today have been mild, dull, damp + today very wet.

1 Not identified

2 The shortening of the round ligaments was intended either to correct retroversion or as an aid in the treatment of uterine prolapse

3 Helen Frances ‘Mousey’ Muir (1880-1963), Dr Muir’s third daughter and sometime housekeeper

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/24, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1921]

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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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