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His Collection of Rare Books and Art Treasures
Peter Mohr

David Lloyd Roberts MRCS LSA MD FRCP FRS.Edin (1834–1920) was a successful Manchester doctor who made significant contributions to the advancement of gynaecology and obstetrics. His career was closely linked to the Manchester St Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children, 1858–1920. He lectured on midwifery at Owens College and the University of Manchester and was gynaecological surgeon to Manchester Royal Infirmary. He had many interests outside medicine, including a large collection of rare books, paintings and antiques. He produced an edition of Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici (1898) and a paper, The Scientific Knowledge of Dante (1914). He donated his books to the John Rylands Library and the London Royal College of Physician, his paintings to the Manchester Art Gallery, and he left a large endowment to Bangor College, Wales. This article reviews his medical work alongside his legacy to literature, the arts and education.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
The provident dispensaries movement in Manchester, 1871–85
Martin Hewitt

, the rapid expansion in hospitals’ outpatient provision was causing concern. In London it was estimated in the early 1870s that over a million people, or around one in four of the population, were reliant on charitable out-patient services. In 1870, 95% of the 111,300 patients of the Manchester medical charities were out-patients.10 At St Mary’s Hospital the number of out-patients had grown from 2,159 in 1856 to 13,400 by 1873, an increase of over 600% at a time when the population of the city had risen by only around 30%.11 Neither the hospital’s surgical staff nor

in People, places and identities
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Infection and occupational illness in British hospitals, c. 1870–1970
Claire L. Jones

In 1936, Robert Handfield-Jones, Surgeon to the Outpatients Department at St Mary’s Hospital London, opened his lecture on infections of the fingers and hand by asking his post-graduate audience to picture yourselves lying in bed with an infected hand and forearm. Three days ago, you had a simple infection in the distal segment of the finger, of which you thought little, and to-day, feeling desperately ill, you face the horror of a spreading lymphangitis up your forearm and arm, and you dare not think of the possibilities which may lie ahead. 1

in Germs and governance
The scientific study of Egyptian mummies, initial phase, 1973–79
Alan Curry

) A. Fletcher, Greater Manchester Police 264 understanding egyptian mummies 21.1  Rosalie David at the unwrapping of mummy 1770 at the new Manchester University Medical School in June 1975. (Photograph by Alan Curry.) 21.2  Eddie Tapp, Rosalie David and Frank Filce Leek just after the first bandages had been cut on mummy 1770. (Photograph by Alan Curry.) science in egyptology 265 Dr Sarah Hemingway, Pharmacy Department, University of Manchester Miss Hilary Jarvis, radiographer, Manchester Royal Infirmary Dr F. Leach, Drug Information Centre, St Mary’s

in Mummies, magic and medicine in ancient Egypt
Rowland Wymer

outlines were written, involving combinations of symbolic spectacle, poetry, dialogue, philosophical allusion, and music which recalled, not for the first time in Jarman’s films, the Renaissance court masque. A charity screening of The Garden on 6 January 1991, to raise money for St Mary’s Hospital where Jarman was being treated for his AIDS-related infections, was prefaced by a performance of the Symphonie Monotone as well

in Derek Jarman
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Professional stress and suicide
Alannah Tomkins

early 1851, one of at least five sons born to Thomas Edwardes, a member of the Royal College of Surgeons and a general practitioner.95 His career was solidly successful; a student at St Mary’s Hospital, he secured his LSA in 1877, MRCS in 1878, and an MD from Brussels.96 His personal life was seemingly ideal; he married in 1878 and quickly witnessed the birth of two healthy sons.97 But Edwardes’ decision to buy into a partnership in Hounslow in October 1881 can be seen in hindsight as a mistake. He invested the enormous sum of £1,800 in a half share of a practice with

in Medical misadventure in an age of professionalisation, 1780–1890
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Laura Kelly

’s College Cork (Cork: Cork University Press, 1948). 19 Barbara Brookes, ‘A corresponding community: Dr. Agnes Bennett and her friends from the Edinburgh Medical College for Women of the 1890s’, Medical History, 52:2 (2008), pp. 237–56; C. Dyhouse, ‘Driving ambitions: women in pursuit of a medical Kelly.indb 16 7/12/2012 11:27:17 AM Introduction 17 education, 1890–1939’, in Students, pp. 60–78; J. S. Garner, ‘The great experiment: the admission of women students to St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, 1916–1925’, Medical History, 42:1 (1998), pp. 68–88. 20 For

in Irish women in medicine, c.1880s–1920s
Emigration, marriage and the First World War
Laura Kelly

(Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute, 1989), p. 133. 41 Alexander, First Ladies of Medicine, p. 59. 42 For example: the London Hospital Medical College first admitted women to its wards in 1918, before closing admission in 1922; St Mary’s Hospital admitted women in 1916 but closed admission in 1925; Westminster Medical College admitted women in 1916, before discontinuing admission of women in 1926; and St George’s Hospital Medical College admitted women in 1916 and discontinued admission in 1919. Letter giving dates of first women medical students at UK

in Irish women in medicine, c.1880s–1920s
‘Good fit’ in artificial eardrums
Jaipreet Virdi

–​1911) version that replaced the wire with a rubber tube for more comfortable fitting. Other designs substituted the gutta percha of Toynbee’s innovation, making use of different shapes and materials, including a disc of oil silk, a cylinder of gold, a plug of boracic acid powder and even a disc of sized paper.25 George P. Field, aural surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital in London, created a combined version of Yearsley and Toynbee’s artificial eardrum that included a cotton-​wool pellet sandwiched between two plates of silver and affixed with a thread for insertion. He explained

in Rethinking modern prostheses in Anglo-American commodity cultures, 1820–1939
Continuity and change
Erin Bell
Ann Gray

. The broadcast coverage of the birth of Prince George (born 22 July 2013) is interesting to consider in relation to the issue of royal succession. Media crews camped outside St Mary’s Hospital, and once again the BBC was criticised, this time for ‘too much coverage’, but fought back by reminding the press of the ‘major historical event – the birth of a new heir to the throne’ and reporting that BBC News

in The British monarchy on screen