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поставио/ла Serbian Society 23.11.2010. 05:16

Nakon veoma uspesne knjizevne veceri, povodom promocije knjige “Ever Yours Sincerely”, Srpsko Drustvo predstavlja fascinantnu knjigu o zivotu i radu Dr Katherine S. MacPhail u Srbiji kao i njenom trudu i zalaganju na otvaranju prve bolnice za decu u Srbiji

Ever Yours Sincerely – the life and work of Dr. Katherine S. MacPhail 

Želimir  Dj. Mikić (Author),   Muriel Heppell (Translator)


The work of a remarkable Scottish doctor in field hospitals in the First World War and in the medical care of children in Serbia between the wars.



This is the fascinating story of Katherine Stewart MacPhail (1887-1974), the third daughter of Dr Donald MacPhail, a Glasgow physician. Following in her father's footsteps, she studied medicine at Glasgow University, qualifying in 1911.

During the First World War she worked as a doctor in France, Serbia, Corsica and on the Salonica front. Following the war's end, she returned to Serbia in order to organise medical care for poor children suffering from tuberculosis, which was a serious medical and social problem at the time, and founded a special hospital for this purpose, first in Belgrade, and then in the village of Sremska Kamenica on the banks of the Danube, near the city of Novi Sad. This hospital is still known as the English Hospital.

Under her energetic leadership the hospital flourished, but she was obliged to leave it when Yugoslavia was occupied by the Germans during the Second World War. Returning after the war, she was once more forced to leave when the Communist government took over the hospital in 1947, spending the rest of her life in retirement in St Andrews, Scotland.

This moving account of her life and work vividly reflects both the heroism and the tragedy of the twentieth century. 


Author biography

Prof. Želimir Mikić was born in 1936 and qualified as an orthopaedic surgeon in Novi Sad in 1969. 
He worked in the hospital in Sremska Kamenica and became head of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. He has been head of several professional organisations and published several articles on orthopaedics in medical journals as well as books on orthopaedic and experimental surgery, and on the history of medicine.

He came across the English Hospital when he first began work in Novi Sad and was very surprised to learn that it had been established by a Scottish doctor. He was anxious to learn more about her but found that he could discover very little about her and her work – the dust of oblivion had covered the whole story. He spent much of his free time over the next 35 years researching her story and in    1998 published this book in Novi Sad in Serbian.


Translator’s biography

Dr. Muriel Heppell is an Emeritus Reader in Medieval History of Orthodox Eastern Europe where she worked from 1968 to 1983. Before this she had worked as English Lector in the universities of Belgrade and Novi Sad. She has written a number of works on the medieval history of south-east Europe and translated those of Yugoslav writers including the epic novel, Vreme Srmti (A Time of Death) by Dobrica Cosić.



The English Hospital has housed refugees from the Yugoslav wars for the past 10-12 years, the last families currently moving out (summer 2007). It is hoped the Katherine MacPhail fund will make a discrete contribution to the renovation of the hospital to bring it back into the use for which it was built.


Copies may be obtained at a special price to members of the Serbian Society of £14.00 plus £2.00 p&p ( £16) 
Please make cheques payable to: P. Beckley ORNS
Book are available from:       Peter Beckley,
Star Lane
Rockland St Mary
NR14 7BX
01508 480262

All proceeds from the sale of the book from this source will go to the Katherine Macphail Memorial Fund.