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SCANTY PARTICULARS

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Scanty Particulars

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
75596
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B

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.

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