Letter from Harry Rainy to W. Mackenzie, Paris

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In regard to the Town Hospital, Pattison was appointed to the South West district and Rainy to the North West. Gives Infirmary news. Pattison and Anderson were elected in August and Hugh Miller and Rainy elected as the new surgeons. All went well until the beginning of December when two cases came in, both of which proved fatal, and caused a committee of managers to be appointed to investigate Mr Pattison’s conduct. The matter was referred to the medical committee which submitted a report partly disapproving of Pattison’s conduct. The report was adopted by the Managers. “In the course of this business Pattison sent a challenge to Hugh Miller & afterwards posted him for cowardice.” In reference to Mackenzie’s essay on eye diseases, Rainy feels Mackenzie was in error on his views of the anatomical structure of mucus membranes. Gives details of the payment due to Mackenzie from Mrs Burgess’s executors. Describes a room suitable for use as a lecturing room.