Sometimes patients could not afford to pay the medical fees but Dr Eggeling would not turn them away. He was often given gifts instead, for example books. His daughter-in-law recalled one particular case...
"On one occasion, a motorist crashed his car at the bad corner on the main road between Upper Largo and Lundin Links" and in the resultant accident, bit off the end of his tongue. He "walked up to the surgery at St Leonard's with the tip of his tongue in his hands. Dr William Eggeling simply sewed it back on again" and once healed, the tongue was apparently "as good as new"!
There was another story about a man who had an accident near Peat Inn during a severe winter and whose leg was so badly injured that Dr Eggeling had to amputate it back at Largo without anaesthetic (only whisky). Do you know more about these stories or others?
Dr Eggeling died on 23 May 1946, aged 73, while his wife passed only weeks later on 11 July. The pair are shown in the photograph below in their garden at Upper Largo.
[With thanks to David Eggeling for sharing the information and images]