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The Mysterious Life of Dr Barry

Lisa Williamson

Released 5th November 2020

In July 1865, the celebrated surgeon Dr James Barry died in London after a long and distinguished career in the British Empire. He had lived alone, and a charlady took on the task of laying out his body.

Barry was well-known. A fiery, red-haired man, he was a gifted physician – and a determined and pugnacious character. He had been Surgeon to the Forces in British South Africa, where he performed the world’s first successful modern Caesarean birth. He had pushed through much-needed medical reforms. He had quelled an outbreak of cholera in the West Indies. He had visited the Crimea and argued violently with Florence Nightingale.

A charlady came running from the room; she had startling news. Dr Barry had clearly been born a woman!

And so Margaret Bulkley’s secret was finally revealed. Here is the incredible True Adventures of a young person who defied all the odds to achieve their aim.

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In July 1865, the celebrated surgeon Dr James Barry died in London after a long and distinguished career in the British Empire. He had lived alone, and a charlady took on the task of laying out his body.

Barry was well-known. A fiery, red-haired man, he was a gifted physician – and a determined and pugnacious character. He had been Surgeon to the Forces in British South Africa, where he performed the world’s first successful modern Caesarean birth. He had pushed through much-needed medical reforms. He had quelled an outbreak of cholera in the West Indies. He had visited the Crimea and argued violently with Florence Nightingale.

A charlady came running from the room; she had startling news. Dr Barry had clearly been born a woman!

And so Margaret Bulkley’s secret was finally revealed. Here is the incredible True Adventures of a young person who defied all the odds to achieve their aim.

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