One can’t help but expect great things from a subtitle that heralds ”The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria’s Most Eminent Military Doctor.” And for the most part, the story stays true to its word: A flamboyant dandy and early vegetarian, James Barry rallied for health reform, performed the English colonies’ first successful cesarean section, and was nearly ruined by a salacious accusation of ”buggering” a high-ranking patron. That Barry was a hermaphrodite was the biggest scandal of all, but its hasty revelation at the end of this meticulously researched, highly sympathetic tale is more likely to elicit a well-worn sigh than the intended gasp.
Scanty Particulars One can't help but expect great things from a subtitle that heralds ''The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria's Most Eminent...Scanty ParticularsNonfictionRachel Holmes One can't help but expect great things from a subtitle that heralds ''The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of Queen Victoria's Most Eminent...2003-01-10
Genre: Nonfiction; Author: Rachel Holmes
Posted January 10 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
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