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RAMC   2 Books
DEARDEN (Capt. Harold, RAMC) Medicine & Duty: A War Diary. 1st Ed., [iv]+xi+234pp. Near fine in dw. Heinemann. 1928  #64076
[HLMainPic] Doctor at a base hospital in France then MO to 3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards from mid-1917 to 1918. "Mr Dearden, a well-known writer, served as a medical officer on the Western Front. The chief fault to be found with his diary is that it is in fact not a diary at all, for the entries are undated. Otherwise it is good. The little trivial incidents of life in a base hospital, 'the daily round, the common task,' are described in an interesting way. The operating ward is dealt with impressively but with dignity. The later sketches of the line are equally good. Mr Dearden writes well & thinks sanely" - Falls. Orig. red cloth, gilt, near fine & rare in 2nd issue dw. Note: the original dw was white with a sketch of a motor ambulance design to the centre of the front board. Why it was changed is a matter for conjecture. This 2nd issue jacket, red text printed on yellow paper with the original ambulance design appearing as just a small motif on the sp., with adverts. for Dearden's other books on the rear panel & an endorsement by the author Hugh Walpole to the front. Near fine & additionally complete with red promotional band, with quote from Daily Sketch review: "War as the surgeon sees it is hell. This frank & unvarnished diary ought to be on every bookshelf..." Near fine in all respects & scarce. See illustrations on our website.   £275
PAGET (Stephen) Sir Victor Horsley: A Study of his Life & Work. 1st Ed., xi+358pp., portrait frontis., 11 photos., 17 sketches/diagrams in text. Constable. 1919  #63370
[HLMainPic] Colonel Sir Victor Alexander Haden Horsley, C.B., F.R.S., F.R.C.S., was an eminent physician, known for pioneering work in neuroscience, who belonged to the Artists' Rifles during his time as a medical student & held a pre-war territorial commission in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was born in 1857, Ed. at Cranbrook School & University College London. He served briefly in France, at the British Hospital at Wimereux, then in Egypt & Mesopotamia where he died (aged fifty-nine) as a result of overwork & the extreme heat, at Kut in July 1916. His grave is in Amara War Cemetery. Letters from Mesopotamia include interesting comments on medical arrangements, sanitation etc. Concludes with a bibliography of his work, 1880-1915 (the last being "Remarks on Gunshot Wounds in the Head," in the BMJ, 20th Feb. 1915). Orig. red cloth, gilt, little marked & worn, generally VG. See illustration on our website.   £60


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