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Guided by Barry
Short version: Medical London at its Grandest – King's Speech, Brass Plates, Botox
Long version: Ah, yes. This neighbourhood. And its patients. And, yes, its specialists. The Old Master - Betjeman - nailed it. Heavy mahogany doors. Wrought-iron screens. Rich, sympathetic, discreet (the sound they make when they shut). Eighteenth-century scene. Edwardian faience adornment. Brick-built houses that are lofty and calm. Chimneys steady against the mackerel sky. The iron knob of this or that palisade, so cold to the touch. Our specialist, Dr Barry, x-rays through those heavy mahogany doors. Here are some of the encounters, some of the problems he probes. And the pertinent personnel – patients and physicians. JFK and Addison's. Lord Lister. Charles Wheatstone and the concertina stethoscope. Dame Marie Tempest. Lord Moran (Winston Churchill's doctor). Florence Nightingale. Emperor Fritz and throat cancer. Treeves and the Elephant Man. Ronald Ross and Malaria. Turner. Princess Anne. The Queen Mother. Field Marshal Lord Montgomery. Former Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. To say nothing of the Society Osteopath whose patients included Averell Harriman, Paul Getty, King Peter of Yugoslavia, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra and Danny Kaye. And whose friendships ranged from the richest man in Britain to the dark-haired declasse beauty brought up in converted railway carriage who shared her favours with a Russian military attache and the British Secretary of State for War and thereby brought down a government. Great walk. And – always on our medical London Walks – the big plus: they’re guided by a doctor, a Public Health Physician – Dr Barry.
Taking the temperature of Harley Street: "The inhabitants of Harley Street and Wimpole Street have been so taken up with their private practices that they have neglected to add to knowledge. The pursuit of learning has been handicapped by the pursuit of gain." Royal Commission on University Education (1915)
In the Winter 2018-19 London Walks programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 – the Brass Plates & Botox Tour* takes place at 2.30 pm on Saturday, December 15. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Great Portland StreetTube. The walk is guided by Dr Barry – a Consultant Public Health Physician.
*Full title: Brass Plates & Botox – Harley Street: Medical London at its Grandest
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