20 January 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Freezing again + very keen at night. Palfrey1 came up before breakfast + I had to use a […] catheter2. I had another busy day. Saw 10 before 11 when I met D.3 at Viewfield + gave Peggy Orr4 Chlor[oform] for Curetting. Then Willie5 drove me to Cannon Street, Yair, Nest, Bridgelands + dropped me at Hospital. 2 cases of Diph. (?) 6 admitted today. Saw some cases + after lunch did another round. I made 29 calls accounting for 36 patients7 besides the County + Hospital.

1 Palfrey Charles Alexander (1852-1923), woollen dyer, sometime of Broomfield, Station Haugh, Selkirk

2 The Editor is unsure what type of catheter this refers to

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

4 Assume Margaret Grieve ‘Peggy’ Orr (1897-1961), daughter of James Scott Orr, powerloom tuner, and Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Orr née Cavers [death, aet 64, 1961, 775/ 73, Galashiels]

5 Willie is so far unidentified

6 The question mark and parentheses are Dr Muir’s own, presumably inserted because the cases were unconfirmed at the time of writing

7 The numbers and types of patients must imply repeat visits to one or more patients

[Source: Scottish Borders Archives & Local History Service SBA/657/25, Dr J S Muir of Selkirk, medical practitioner, journal for 1922]

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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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