The Katherine MacPhail Memorial Fund
The English Hopital – Novi Sad, Serbia
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Dr.Katherine McPhail devoted a lifetime to the sick and suffering in Serbia during the First World War and subsequently to sick children of Novi Sad and Vojvodina. During this time she built a hospital at Sremska Kamenica which was subsequently called “The English Hospital”.
The story of Katherine McPhail, her life and work, was written by Prof Dr. Želimir Mikić and translated from Serbian into English by Dr. Muriel Heppell.
It was decided that the income from the sales of the English version of the book – “Ever Yours Sincerely” – should form the basis of a fund in memory of Katherine McPhail.
The English Hospital building is, at present, empty and in need of restoration . The current intention is that the building be restored and returned into use as a children’s hospital. The most recent use The English Hospital had was when it housed refugees from the Yugoslav wars. The last families finally were able to move out in the summer 2007. Since then the Hospital has fallen into disrepair but there is a proposal to reinstate the hospital for use. All proceeds from the sale of the book will go into the Katherine MacPhail Fund.
It is anticipated that The Katherine McPhail Memorial Fund should be used for a specific project in the re-establishment of the “English Hospital”.
Copies of the book may be obtained from P. Beckley (01508 480262) price £14.00 + £1.50 p&p
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Ever Yours Sincerely
The Life and Work of Dr. Katherine S. MacPhail
Želimir Dj. Mikić (Author), Muriel Heppell (Translator)
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.
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Author: Prof. Želimir Mikić
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: Dr. Muriel Heppell
Dr. Muriel Heppell is an Emeritus Reader in Medieval History of Orthodox Eastern Europe of London University 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.