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Scanty Particulars: The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of James Barry, Queen Victoria's Most Eminent Military Doctor By Rachel Holmes James Barry,

  • Title: Scanty Particulars: The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of James Barry, Queen Victoria's Most Eminent Military Doctor
  • Author: Rachel Holmes James Barry
  • ISBN: 9780375505560
  • Page: 220
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An explosive story of colonial life, nineteenth century science, and the mysteries of sexuality, Rachel Holmes s Scanty Particulars transcends the genre of biography Through prodigious research and vivid storytelling, Holmes brings to life one of the most enigmatic figures of his time.In the 1820s, Dr James Barry burst into the English establishment from nowhere He landAn explosive story of colonial life, nineteenth century science, and the mysteries of sexuality, Rachel Holmes s Scanty Particulars transcends the genre of biography Through prodigious research and vivid storytelling, Holmes brings to life one of the most enigmatic figures of his time.In the 1820s, Dr James Barry burst into the English establishment from nowhere He landed in Cape Town and became the leading military doctor in the South African colony, working tirelessly to improve the conditions of free and enslaved women, lepers, and the indigent Barry s further travels included postings to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, and Canada In his career, he collided with some of the leading figures of the age, and his exploits were regarded with fascination by Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.Barry was a flamboyant bon vivant fashionably dressed, flirtatious, and always accompanied by a poodle Wherever he went, he sparked gossip, made enemies, and inspired relentless curiosity about his identity curiosity that erupted into international scandal upon Barry s death, when his maidservant discovered the truth about this brilliant but mysterious icon of the Victorian age.
    Scanty Particulars The Scandalous Life and Astonishing Secret of James Barry Queen Victoria s Most Eminent Military Doctor An explosive story of colonial life nineteenth century science and the mysteries of sexuality Rachel Holmes s Scanty Particulars transcends the genre of biography Through prodigious research and vi

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    1. The astonishing secret in is that James Barry was a hermaphrodite, or perhaps a woman This revelation comes at the end of a fairly standard biography of this pioneering Victorian surgeon Barry was of interest beyond questions of his her gender he tirelessly campaigned for important medical reforms and innovated new medical procedures An advocate for the poor and neglected, Barry practiced in several colonies as well as in the military, rising to a position of prominence Barry was a noted dandy o [...]

    2. I found the beginning of the book Barry s early years in medical school , and the end of the book an in depth discussion about Barry s sexual identity very boring I thoroughly enjoyed the middle of the book though discussing Barry s life and career in Cape Town, St Helena,the West Indies and Corfu He was an amazingly good doctor and administrator, with great humanitarian leanings He cared for those at the bottom of society prostitutes, prisoners and lepers, as well as for his high ranking clien [...]

    3. A thoroughly researched and highly readable history of the life and times of Dr James Barry a life that retains its mystery even now.

    4. When I started reading this biography, it didn t really hold my attention This is no reflection on the writing, which is very good, but rather that I d already read The Perfect Gentleman by June Rose, also a biography of Dr James Barry Until three quarters of the way through Holmes biography, it is quite a straightforward account of Dr Barry s life and accomplishments interesting, but not new to me What this biography adds, and takes it up to four stars, is the last sixty pages The Perfect Gentl [...]

    5. I was really looking forward to this book, but it did not deliver what was promised I found Dr Barry s story fascinating his many accomplishments make for an impressive tale even without the confusion surrounding his sexual identity Unfortunately, I was left feeling this book was not very well written Holmes makes many assertions without providing sufficient evidence for them I first recognized this during the chapter about Barry s time on the Cape, which referenced a special relationship with S [...]

    6. Incredibly interesting topic, but sadly not a great book I guess there s just not that much information about James Barry out there, too many questions that can t be answered, and too much speculation.

    7. I can t get through this one right now, but not for any flaw in the book It s interesting and very easy to read Just don t have time for it at the moment.

    8. Love this book Very interesting and insightful read of the life of Dr James Barry Very well research biography.

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