To the Editor

“we mon hear ‘tother side.”


Such was the remark of an illiterate but just villager on hearing the censure passed upon Dr Allan by the Coroner.

Another man, a collier, black as the pit from which he had just come, indignantly exclaimed against the said censure, and in manly and grateful tones told what Dr Allan had done for his “missis,” when he at midnight, and just in from a long drive to a distant patient, at once mounted his horse and started again for a ride of several miles to attend her.

In my own family, and especially during a severe and dangerous illness of my wife, I shall never forget his skill, kindness and unremitting attention. Much similar testimony could be mentioned but ‘tis needless.

The “people of Whaley Bridge,” knowing all sides of the question, can judge for themselves, and are not likely to take the advice of your correspondent “A. Vicars”, “to bring to task” the doctor who has laboured amongst us for 14 years.

We are tempted instead to give a little advice all round.

First to the Coroner, in such cases as the very sad one referred to, to find out the cause of death, that the censure may rest with the really blameable, and a warning be given to those who venture to undertake what they know little or nothing about; secondly to the accoucheuse, a kind-hearted laundress and charwoman, to seek medical aid promptly, not when the lapse of time has rendered it useless; and lastly to “A. Vicars,” to temper his warm-hearted impulse with the remembrance that there is a “tother side” to all such questions.

Yours, &c.,

C.A. Johnstone

Glen Albyn, Whaley Bridge.