Books: Wilde Senior

VICTORIAN DOCTOR (336 pp.)—T. 6. Wilson—Fischer ($3.50).

One day in Dublin in 1864, the world caved in on a Victorian doctor. A leading light in the Irish medical profession, he had been accused before a crowded courtroom of criminally attacking one of his patients, a young woman. The woman was clearly of a durable sort, for she admitted that she had returned to the doctor's office again & again. She also said that in "vengeance" she had circulated scurrilous pamphlets about him, put garlic in the soap-tray of his consulting room. The jury deliberated, found in her favor, assessed the net...

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