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The Road to Harley Street - William Byam

Geoffrey Bles, 1963, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a tape repaired tear to the top corner of the upper panel, fraying and slight loss to the bottom corner of the lower panel and faded at the spine. Price Clipped. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.

Illustrated with black and white photographs. From the cover: “Twice in his life did entomology mould William Byam’s career. His interest in moths and butterflies prompted his housemaster at Wellington to ask if he was really cut out for the Army career that was taken for granted. And lice helped pave his way to the Mecca of the medical world—Harley Street. In the years between he had quarrelled with his father over his decision to enter medicine, tried in vain to placate him by entering the R.A.M.C. and in 1906 sailed for Egypt. There his services were soon snapped up by the Egyptian Army and Bimbashi Byam’s first job was a 20-day nightmare trip to bring in a desperately ill man. He was in the Sudan for several years, waging war against mosquitos, unhygienic conditions and ignorance as well as surviving a disastrous punitive expedition against the slave-raiding Anuak tribe of Ethiopia. He had many adventures before he was called to Cairo, including a clandestine spell in the Balkan War, and in 1914 found himself struggling to convert a Base hospital for the New Zealanders out of virtually nothing. Later he was invalided home and initiated the research which proved that lice droppings caused the scourge of ‘Trench Fever’.

William Byam was one of the most brilliant medical students of his day but lacked money to follow the conventional route to the top of his profession. But his years of work under heartbreaking conditions never quenched his skill and laid the foundations for the success described in Doctor Byam in Harley Street. In this new book he reveals his early encounters with many eminent physicians and patients, as well as unprofessional meetings with other famous and colourful people in many spheres.”


Jacket designed by Michael Heard. Size: 8¾" x 5¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [XIII] 236 pages.
£6.50

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