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Old and New Edinburgh Vol. IV


300 OLD AND NEW EDINBURGH. [Infirmary Street. He had, moreover, to say prayers twice weekly, and be ever ready to attend the dying when summoned by them. In 1763 a number of Scottish soldiers disbanded on the great reduction of the army in that year, sick, lame, and destitute, applied for admission to the hospital. On this, an extraordinary meeting of the managers was summoned, and their application was granted, though the former did not consider themselves bound in any way to do so ; and in that year, Three were struck down ; two recovered, but one became delirious. The Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons had been in the habit of giving medical attendance in monthly rotation; but the managers, finding this to prove inconvenient, selected two regular physicians and four expert surgeons, to whom various departments were committed. The four latter were named substitutes, and divided the year equally, so that each had his own quarter. (Sot. Ma,a Vol. XXX.) THE OLD ROYAL INFIRMARY. (After & Drawing by Paul Sandby, in Muiflands ?History of Edinburglr.?) in pursuance of an order he received from the Commander- inchief, Dr. Adam Austin commenced a regular visitation of the military wards, on the state of which he was bound to report to the Adjutant- General in Scotland. The Doctor was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. He married Anne, daughter of Hugh Lord Semple, and left a daughter who died so lately as March, 1864, aged IOO years and more. (Scotsman,qth March, 1864.) In 1768 the whole edifice narrowly escaped destruction, apparently not .being provided with a lightning conductor. On the 30th of July the south wing was struck furiously by lightning; many of the windows were destroyed and the building much damaged; several of the patients felt the shock. The other surgeons, or ordinaries of the Incorporation, attended by monthly rotation. The four substitutes, besides their quarterly attendance, had their monthly tour of duty with the rest; ?and when the month of any of the four fell in with his quarter, then, either the next substitute in order was to become his assistant, or he was to apply for the assistance of another for that month, thzt the attendance of two might at no time be wanting in the Infirmary,? Such was . the organised system of attendance ; besides all this, the managers enjoined these substitutes? to be present at all consultations, to take charge of all dresses and dressings, of the record of surgical cases kept by the surgeons? clerks, and
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