Dr James Barry: a surgeon with a secret

As part of our occasional series profiling remarkable yet unheralded characters from history, Jeremy Dronfield introduces Dr James Barry, the medical pioneer and eminent surgeon to aristocracy, who was forced to conceal a fundamental fact – that 'he' was in fact a 'she'...

A drawing of surgeon James Barry (c1789–1865) in uniform. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)

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