Dr Barry's deathbed sex secret: The extraordinary truth about a great war hero and medical pioneer
"The devil!" cried Sophia as she pulled up his nightshirt to wash his body and, quite literally, uncovered a secret the doctor had managed to hide for most of his life. "It's a woman - and [noting what she took for stretch marks on his stomach] a woman that has had a child." This truth was so scandalous to Victorian Britain that for years it was hushed up. Dr James Barry was one of the most highly respected surgeons of his day.