14 August 1921 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

A perfectly calm day: mostly sunless except for a short time in forenoon. Quite pleasant. Message to Rockville1. Decided with Dav.2 to get a consultant for Wilfred Lees3. ‘Phoned Struthers4 who came at 4. Gave Chlor[oform] + fitted a Thomas Splint5 + got the fracture much better redu set. Struthers is a nephew of an old Leith Doctor. Went to evening service. Wrote Mary6 + Helen7.

1 Rockville, Hillside Terrace, Selkirk was the home of Robert Currie ‘junior’ (about 1847-1923), hosiery manufacturer, the fourth of five generations at Selkirk with the given name Robert

2 David Charteris ‘Dav.’ Graham (1889-1963), M.B., medical practitioner and Dr Muir’s business partner

3 Wilfred Lees had been hit and injured by a car at Fairnilea on 11 August 1921, he is unidentified

4 John William Struthers (1874-1953), LL.D., M.B., F.R.C.S.Ed., medical practitioner, followed his uncle James Struthers by working at Leith Hospital, and followed his father by working at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and by becoming President of the Royal College of Surgeons

5 The Thomas splint originated as a means of correction of deformities of the lower limb and evolved into an essential item for the management of trauma of the lower limb [Sources: Robinson, P. M. and O’Meara, M. J. “The Thomas splint Its Origin And Use In Trauma.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. British volume Vol. 91-B, No. 4 https://online.boneandjoint.org.uk/doi/full/10.1302/0301-620X.91B4.21962. Accessed 7 June 2021, and Martin, W. Strelley. “The Thomas Splint.” The British Medical Journal, vol. 2, no. 4463, 1946, pp. 100–100. JSTOR, http://www.jstor.org/stable/20366955. Accessed 7 June 2021]

6 It is not clear who Mary is

7 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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