Some years ago, when writing the biography of a British brain-surgeon, I wrote to ask the late Sir Gordon Holmes if he could help me. In his reply he said that his memory was excellent, he probably had information for me, but he was not prepared to write a long letter. He invited me to visit him. He bade me come on any day except Thursdays which were sacred to golf; he was then 86 years old.
When next in London I set an afternoon aside and took a train to Farnham. After we had disposed of the main purpose of my visit the conversation became more general and to my delight he reminisced about his early years at the National Hospital, Queen Square. At the time Ferrier had a big practice and spent little time at the hospital. Jackson, in retirement, was consulting physician and came there once or