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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Medical Notes

Medical Notes.

Rumour has it that on the completion of the new wards the present Children's Ward will be converted into a Students' Room. We hope so; page 93 so do the lady meds. At present they have to use the Staff Room wherein to stow their impedimenta, and this has its drawbacks. For instance, on one occasion a bashful lady med waited for an hour whilst a staff meeting was being held before she could obtain her hat. The ladies hope the present Students' Room will in the near future be handed over to them.

There is one innovation in the dress of the lady meds. that simply shrieks for comment. We refer to the new style of pocket—a kind of tool-carrier and hand-warmer combined. The average antiquated female of, say, five years ago was quite content with a single pocket, situated to the right and rear, and well masked by the flowing folds of the dress, hut the present lady med.—"the victim of higher education"—goes in for two capacious receptacles, situated as nearly as possible in the same geographical position as those of the male. To increase the effect and to aggravate the nuisance the edges of these pockets are adorned with large dinner-plate buttons. No doubt these are matters that concern the ladies most, but the long-suffering mere man, deprived of his rights and even of his pockets, is compelled to turn at last and give one last howl of protest before being driven completely from the social stage. One enterprising lady has outstripped her fellows in ingenuity and inventive genius by introducing a kind of marsupial pouch made of chamois leather, in which coster-like she carries her belongings. Now, we recognise that the male students and the patients especially are always delighted and charmed by the graceful appearance and gentle ministrations of the lady meds. in the ward; but we must confess that the sight of some of these ladies going about with their arms up to their elbows in their pockets, as if in a chronic state of tiredness, is enough to turn these feelings of admiration into feelings of vexation and scorn.

The thanks of the students in general and of the ladies in particular are due to their genial benefactor for his untiring efforts in improving the surroundings and adjuncts of the University. Naturally, he has a great desire for retirement, and he has only been drawn from his seclusion by the wistful pleadings and suggestions of the ladies. His zeal and success have been such that he is looked upon by all as a conspicuous authority on architecture and public works, and all are breathlessly looking forward to the time when the mantle of the Hon. Hall-Jones shall descend upon him. Great as has been his work, we hope he will go on to greater, and that once having put his hand to the plough he will not turn back. There are still considerable improvements to be made, and in our humble and halting way we would like to make a few suggestions to this blossoming disciple of Sir Christopher Wren. In the first place, we would suggest that an ornamental portico be erected, under whose fluted column strains of sweet music might be sawn off by the German Band to harmonise with the tender nothings of page 94 the Romeos and Juliets from Jefferson's Matrimonial [unclear: Burea] Couches and lounges might be provided, on which the [unclear: wear] toilers from the Dissecting Room, clad in apron and [unclear: hig] flavour, might recline and lose some of their high tone in the [unclear: blending] of coffee and liqueurs from the licensed booth, presided over by [unclear: fa] Hebes from the Medical School. The little plot of ground that is [unclear: a] present an unsightly wilderness might be cultivated by the sweat [unclear: o] Harris' brow, and become converted into a paradise of playing [unclear: four] tains and waving palms, under whose shade the weary senior, fearful [unclear: o] plucking, might rest from his labours, lulled to sleep by the murmur [unclear: o] the Leith, and the gliding forms of the sylph-like lady meds.