7 April 1922 diary of Dr John Stewart Muir (1845-1938) of Selkirk

Heavy hoar frost again followed by a bright sharp day getting decidedly milder in afternoon + colder again at night S.W. – N.W. – N.E. Was kept about 2 hours in the Surgery by a case of disloc. Shoulder in a Com. Trav. [commercial traveller] from Glasgow named Taylor1. I failed to reduce it under Chlor[oform] + got Dav.2 to help + he succeeded. Cycled to Forest Mill, Peelburnfoot, Faldonside + Bridgelands. Dav. had 2 operations at Viewfield Norah Ballard3 append. + girl Campbell4 for adenoma of breast. An anaesthetist from Ed[inburgh] Gibbs5 gave Ether.

1 Taylor is unidentified

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

3 Assume Nora Ballard (1871-1949), twin daughter of George Alexander Ballard, Madras Civil Servant, and Julia Mary Ballard née Anderson, married 10 Sep 1861 at St Germains, Tranent, East Lothian

4 The girl Campbell is unidentified

5 The best fit is Frederick George Gibbs (1891-1960), surgeon, dentist and anesthetist, who was a medical student at 24 Minto Street, Edinburgh, 1911 Census, living with his father Frederick Gibbs (1865-1943), dentist, and his mother Margaret Lorimer; the Scottish Medical Service Emergency Committee recorded that during the First World War Frederick George Gibbs as a Temp. Lieutenant R.A.M.C. [Scottish Medical Service Emergency Committee SMC/3/4/1/5 1:4 https://smsec.rcpe.ac.uk/intimation-form/gibbs-frederick-george%5D

[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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