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1800. London. Margaret Anne Bulkley desperately wants to be a surgeon – but only men can train as doctors.
Fifty years later, Dr James Barry is famous, serving as Inspector General of Hospitals throughout the British Empire. A brilliant surgeon, bold reformer and prickly individual known for his fierce temper, he fought a duel in South Africa and clashed with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea.
But Dr Barry has a secret that he is determined no one should ever learn…