A large proportion of what follows is taken from two principal
sources: selections made by Professor Reginald L'Ampere
from Selman-Troytt's own manuscripts, notes, journals,
diaries, correspondence and articles; and the much later biographical
research conducted mainly by Finlay Finlayson
during the years 1948 - 1956, when membership of the Selman-Troytt Appreciation Society
) was growing as Selman-Troytt's popularity began to surge.
This latter source is supplemented in places by the even later work of
other S.T.A.S. researchers and archivists. I am indebted to them all for
their kindness and patience in allowing me to read their work and then ask
them what it all meant. Profound thanks also go to S.T.A.S.
permission to reproduce photographs and illustrations from its
I have made few amendments to the texts - allowing occasional
lapses in syntax, or unorthodox spellings, to carry the flavour of their
respective authors unless ambiguity may result - and have contented
myself with blending the divergent parts into a coherent and cohesive
This book would not have been possible without the patience and
cooperation of Detective Inspector Francisco Polenta and Detective
Sergeant Jeff 'Bunny' Warren, and without the care and kindness of the
staff at the genito-urinary department of St. Thomas' Hospital,
London. Thanks also go to Professor Eric Garvey for the use of his
highlighter pens, and to Professor Gibson who was kind enough to
drive from Exeter to Mull with an emergency replacement typewriter
Thanks go also to Jay and Kasey von Kinderei-Borra, without
whose invaluable archiving skills this book would not have been
possible. Much gratitude also to Dr Flavio Genissi for advice on the
application of Gentomycin.
Students with a need to study Selman-Troytt's work in more depth
are referred to the works themselves (facsimiles of which were reprinted
by Oxford University Press in the period 1950-58) or to
sources, such as the standard dermatological textbook: Down to the Last
(London: Dooshaft & Patel) which have a reasonable selection of
Selman-Troytt material within them.