“There was considerable difficulty, because of the swaying of the ship and also because it was my first appendectomy. In fact, it was my first operation on a human being . . . . In spite of all this, the patient made a good recovery.”

  •  Dr. Herbert A Bruce (later Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, an MP and a successful surgeon), while serving on board the Empress of India in 1893. Quoted by Robert Turner, The Pacific Empresses, 38.

Sometimes, when paging through a book to see if it could be of any use for your current research project, a sentence or two just jumps out at you. This was one such sentence.

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